More protests in Kenya, one death recorded

There have continuous protests by opposition supporters in Kenya despite the government placing a ban on such demonstrations.

Police had to fire teargas into protesters from the opposition Nasa party on Monday in an attempt to disperse them when the protests resumed.

AFP reported that a young protester was shot dead in western Kenya during the protests calling for reforms in the electoral commission ahead of fresh presidential election on October 26.

Police clashed with the protesters in Kisumu, who set tyres alight, blocked roads and pelted policemen with rocks.

AFP reported that a protester, Michael Odiambo, 21, saw police gun down a young man.

“He was running to hide himself from police. A police man just pointed a gun at him and shot him from a distance. He was shot in the neck,” he said.

Two human rights groups have stated that Kenya’s police forces have killed more than 33 people during street protests over the August 8 presidential election results.

In the groups’ latest joint report on Kenya, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said some 50 people, mainly in opposition strongholds in the Nairobi were killed in protests agitating over the management of Kenya’s elections.

The 37-page report, titled Kill Those Criminals’: Security Forces’ Violations in Kenya’s August 2017 Elections, revealed excessive use of force by security forces against protesters.




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