Anti-IEBC Protests Turn Tragic Leaving One Dead In Siaya
Anti-IEBC protests left one dead in Siaya Town on Monday. Related Story:How IEBC Will Spend Sh2.4bn To End Poll Fraud
The diseased,Martin Ondongo,46 from Ondongo from Randago village is alleged to have died after he was chocked by tear gas fumes after police fired teargas to disperse protesting youths.
An eye witness, Celestine Achieng’, said they were passing along the county commissioner’s compound moments before the youths stormed the compound that is also housing IEBC offices.
Ms Achieng’ added that the deceased dropped and died as he was running after police lobed teargas on the protestors. Also Read:Four Kenyan Journalists to speak at Global Investigative Journalism Conference, SA November 2017
According to county commandant Sarah Dancun,the man was not anmong those participating in the demonstrations.
Officials from the Red Cross Society who attended to the deceased at the scene confirmed the man dead.
Other witnesses said the the man was coming from Siaya County Referral Hospital where he collected some medication.
The residents led by Governor Cornell Rasanga, MPs Samuel Atandi (Alego Usonga), Christine Ombaka (Woman rep), Speaker George Okode and a host of Siaya MCAs linked the police to the tragedy. See Also:Babu Owino to face fresh charges of assault, electoral offense
Mr Rasanga accused the police for failing to comply with the constitution to protect the lives of innocent Kenyans.
He threatened to take legal action if the government fails to take responsibility and compensate the family of the deceased.
“It’s high time the police adhered to the constitution. We will not sit and watch the police receive orders that are against the constitution leading to the killing of unarmed citizens,” the governor said. Read Also:Safaricom Reacts to Raila Claims
“The demos today were peaceful as compared to other days where youths threw stones at the police. This time the residents never provoked the police,” said Mr Atandi.
Similar sentiments were shared by Dr Ombaka and Mr Okode who called for the resignation of IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba and other IEBC officials indicted by Nasa. Also See;Interesting stories on twitter as Raila, Kalonzo security withdrawn