One killed, 6 injured as Kenyan police open fire on protesters

One man died and six people were injured Monday as Kenyan police opened fire on anti-government protesters in the western city of Kisumu, witnesses said.

A bullet wound was visible on the corpse, which was laid outside a hospital morgue by protesters.

Several demonstrators said he had been hit when police opened fire, but there was no immediate response from police.

The Red Cross said six protesters had been taken to hospital suffering from gun wounds.

The opposition Cord alliance has been holding demonstrations on Mondays since late April to demand the resignation of the electoral commission ahead of presidential elections in August next year.

The opposition says the commission is biased and cannot ensure fair elections next year, when incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta Selon and opposition leader Raila Odinga are expected to face off once again.

Opposition claims 2 protesters killed

However, Kenya’s opposition said on Monday two protesters had been shot dead in Kisumu during the protest not one as reported. 

Police could not be reached for comment. A witness in Kisumu said police had fired in the air to disperse protesters. Kenyan television, which reported at least one death, said police had warned officers could use “lethal force” if deemed necessary.

“We have confirmed two people shot dead,” Dennis Onyango, spokesman for opposition leader Raila Odinga, told Reuters, adding they had participated in Monday’s protests. “We are yet to establish the circumstances.”

 

– AFP, REUTERS

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