Monday, 11 July 2016

One Killed In Kenya Attack

At least one person was shot dead at a protest against Kenya’s election body in the western city of Kisumu on Monday and others wounded, hospital officials said, as demonstrators also gathered in the capital.
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Police fired into the air to break up a crowd trying to march on the Kisumu office of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), one witness told Reuters.
Protesters, accusing the commission of pro-government bias and demanding its members resign before elections in August next year, blocked roads with burning tires in Kisumu and in Nairobi’s Kibera slum.
Protesters, accusing the commission of pro-government bias and demanding its members resign before elections in August next year, blocked roads with burning tires in Kisumu and in Nairobi’s Kibera slum.
Demonstrators also marched in the center of the capital, blocking traffic. “IEBC must go,” they shouted.
A spokesman for opposition leader Raila Odinga who led Monday’s rally in Nairobi, Dennis Onyango, said two people were killed in Kisumu. But hospital officials said they only knew of one.
A superintendent at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital, Juliana Otieno, said 12 casualties with bullet wounds had been admitted to her hospital, while she said Kisumu County hospital reported one dead and others with bullet wounds. A nurse at Kisumu hospital also confirmed one dead there.
There was no immediate police comment on Monday’s reported deaths. Kenyan television reported at least one person killed.
Western Kenya, traditionally an opposition stronghold, has seen some of the worst violence in the almost weekly protests. Three people were killed in clashes in the region on May 23.
Western ambassadors have accused the police of using excessive force and called for dialogue in a nation prone to political strife. The 2007 election triggered weeks of ethnic bloodshed and the 2013 result was disputed.
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