NAIROBI Latest reports from Kenya indicate that the death toll from protests has raised to three people as opposition seeks the removal from office of commissioners at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
According to a statement from the police, two of the people were shot by Administration Police officers who responded during an attack on their camp.
“A mob with catapults attacked Siaya sub-county offices and seriously injured 29 officers as they attempted to set ablaze DCC and IEBC offices as well as AP camp. The officers fired in self defence and fatally injured two people,” the statement indicated.
Five other protesters were shot and wounded by prison warders who accused demonstrators of trying to free some 35 dangerous criminals who were being ferried from a court in Kehancha to Migori.
One other person died while undergoing treatment in Kisumu after falling on the tarmac as the mob there fled from police officers.
In Nairobi, attempts by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leaders led by Raila Odinga to stage a sit-in at Anniversary Towers failed after anti-riot police officers dispersed them using teargas and water cannon. Anniversary towers in Nairobi houses the Election Body IEBC
When they drove towards the IEBC offices, they were met with teargas forcing them to speed off as those on foot scampered for safety.
Police had outlawed the protest and did not allow any grouping along University Way unlike during the last three similar demonstrations.
Five Jubilee Members of Parliament have also sued CORD leaders for contempt of court after they failed to ensure their protests remained peaceful.
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