Westgate Attack Hero Chief Inspector Stephen Lelei Charged
very little was know about then Kabete OCS Stephen Lelei before September 21, 2013 terrorist attack on Westgate Mall in Nairobi.
Chief Inspector Stephen Lelei was a low-profile police officer who shot to fame after the attack as he was one of the nine police officers feted for their bravery in confronting the gunmen, who killed 67 people in the raid.
For his gallantry, Mr Lelei, alias Ocampo — nicknamed after the former no-nonsense International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo — was among police officers decorated with a Silver Star (SS) recognition by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
As one of the first armed responders, he had taken up the role of commander as he was the senior-most officer on-site at the time. During the attack, he was shot in the right leg as he led a hastily assembled team of officers in the battle against the heavily armed terrorists.
Now he’s facing murder charges