Kenya Election: Police shoot man dead
One person has been shot dead by a police officer in Kenya’s Kisii County at a center meant for vote tallying in South Mugirango constituency.
Daily Nation reported on Wednesday that an eye witness said the man was shot from the back.
“Our colleague was killed in broad day light for no good reason,” the eyewitness said.
According to local media the police officer who fired the shot is now in custody. A police spokesperson Abdi Hassan told the media the police officer who fired the shot was stationed at the said tallying centre.
“We are probing the circumstances which lead to the death of the man. We will inform the public in due course,” he said.
The eyewitness who spoke to Daily Nation said said she watched as the police officer shot the young man.
“I am still in shock. I saw it happen. Some two boys were fighting. The victim had tried to separate them, but he officer threw a teargas canister walked to him and shot him,” she said.
Police have urged residents to remain calm.
Meanwhile Kenya’s opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga on Wednesday said the electoral commission’s IT system has been hacked to manipulate the election results.
He has already rejected results announced so far which puts his rival President Uhuru Kenyatta in a strong lead.
Reacting to the claims by Mr. Odinga, Kenya’s election boss Wafula Chebukati said there is no indication yet that the commission’s system has been hacked.
There are fears of a repeat of violence 10 years ago when over 1,100 Kenyans died over disputed election results.