Kenya: Two Reported Dead as Electoral Reform Protests Open Business week on High

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Kenya police used teargas and water cannon to disperse protesters on after demonstrations against an electoral body the opposition wants scrapped resumed in the afternoon.

The Nation Newspaper reported that two people have been confirmed dead, one in the principal city of western Kenya Kisumu and another in Siaya, as the weekly protest by Cord against IEBC commissioners turned violent.

“The death toll could increase as another motionless body is still lying on an open road in Siaya County while five people are fighting for their lives at Siaya County referral hospital with serious injuries”, Nation reported.

 

Meanwhile opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) co-principal Moses Wetang’ula condemned security agencies for using ‘excessive force’ while dealing with demonstrators across the country. He said the coalition will continue to push for reforms including the disbandment of the Electoral Commission.

 

“We wish to assure all and sundry that Cord will push for electoral reforms and no amount of intimidation nor will teargas kill our resolve… IEBC must be reformed to represent and capture best practices and we cannot allow a few commissioners to poison the river of democracy and suffocate Wanjiku’s interests,” he said in Nairobi.