Police Killed Over 30 During Demos,Human Right Groups Claim
Kenya police killed atleast 33 people and injured a number in as they responded to the protests that broke out after the August 8 election,according to two international human rights organizations. See Also:No Dialogue With Raila,The Ballot Will Tell It All-UhuRuto
In a 37-page report to be released this morning tittled ‘Kill Those Criminals: Security Forces’ Violation in Kenya’, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch documents brutality and cruel treatment of protesters by police.
According to the report,police are directly implicated in the deaths of at least 33 people, another 17 were allegedly killed, most of them in Kawangware, but researchers could not confirm the cases the report shows.
Kenya National Commission on Human Rights last week in their ‘Mirage at Dusk said a Human Rights Account of the 2017 General Elections’ report documented that 37 people were killed in three days of unrest after declaration of presidential results majority of whom were from one ethnic extraction.Read Also:Three Killed,Two Sustain Wounds As Police Battle anti-IEBC Demonstrators in Nyanza
According to the report,seven of those killed were minors, including a six-month-old baby who was clobbered by security agents in the mother’s arms in Kisumu.
The report comes as three more people were killed in Bondo last week and scores tortured.
HRW and Amnesty International said their researchers found that even though in some instances police behaved appropriately, in many others they shot or beat protesters to death.
“Some other victims died of asphyxiation from inhaling teargas and pepper spray, from being hit by teargas canisters fired at close range, or from being trampled to death by fleeing crowds,” the report says.
“A number of people were killed and many more left with life-altering injuries in attacks by the police against opposition supporters,” said Michelle Kagari, deputy regional director for East Africa, the Horn, and the Great Lakes at Amnesty International.Also Read:President Uhuru Approves Repeat Poll Budget
“This deadly use of excessive force has become a hallmark of police operations in Kenya and must be decisively stopped before the next election takes place,” she added.
Africa researcher at HRW Otsieno Namwaya, said that the Kenyan authorities should publicly acknowledge the violations, conduct speedy, impartial, thorough, and transparent investigations, and take the necessary steps under the law to hold those responsible to account as a key step toward justice for the victims.
He further added that the police attacked opposition supporters and then tried to cover up their attacks. The authorities should ensure that this kind of arbitrary and abusive use of force by police does not recur in the repeat election.President Uhuru Approves Repeat Poll Budget
The detailed report which has been sent to Inspector General of police who is said to have refused to respond to the findings saw 151 victims, witnesses, human rights activists, aid workers and police in Nairobi’s low-income areas known to be opposition stronghold interviewed.
Ahead of the vote, police had designated many of these areas as “hot spots” for potential violence and had deployed forces heavily, increasing tensions, the report shows.
According to researchers, most of the armed police were from the General Service Unit (GSU) and Administration Police (AP) – carried out law enforcement operations in Mathare, Kibera, Babadogo, Dandora, Korogocho, Kariobangi, and Kawangware neighborhoods in Nairobi between August 9 and 13.Police,NASA supporters Clash Over Anti-IEBC Demos Ban
The report shows that they shot directly at some protesters and also opened fire, apparently randomly, on crowds. Victims and witnesses told researchers that as protesters ran away, police pursued them, kicking down doors and chasing people down alleyways, shooting and beating many to death, adding that police in these neighborhoods prevented journalists and human rights activists from reporting the violations.Also See:Mating’i Bans Anti-IEBC Demos In Three City Centres