Police brutality claims lives of Kenya protestors
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – AT least five people have been killed and over 60 injured as police use live ammunition to quash peaceful protests against alleged corruption at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Since May, the main opposition party, the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD), and nongovernmental groups have been holding countrywide demonstrations against IEBC and demanding the resignation of the commission’s top officials implicated in bribery and corruption by a United Kingdom court.
CORD, which lost the 2013 election, also accuses the commissioners of bias and says they should not be allowed to oversee the 2017 general election.
Members of the ruling Jubilee party have defended the commissioners.
Amid the subsequent protests continuing this week, police have opened fire on demonstrators in Nyanza region southwest of the country, killing five people.
Officers shot live ammunition at and near those participating in the largely peaceful protests since Monday.
Earlier, some demonstrators were shot dead in Kisumu and Siaya Counties.
In instances, uninvolved bystanders, students in school or on their way home, and people at work or in their homes were seriously injured or killed in situations where lethal force was said to be unnecessary.
Otsieno Namwaya, Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch, denounced the brutality.
“The real tragedy is that people have been seriously injured and families have lost loved ones due to unnecessary police violence. They deserve to see justice done.”
The current scenes are reminiscent of the violence that ensued after the 2007/08 general elections.
Up to 1 500 people were killed and thousands displaced after a disputed poll.
– CAJ News
Short URL: http://cajnewsafrica.com/?p=13683