Form Four student shot dead in demo after clash with police
A Form Four student was shot dead in Kondele, Kisumu on Monday as hundreds of opposition supporters again took to the streets demanding reforms ahead of a presidential election.
Police tear-gassed a large crowd of protesters in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu, who set tyres alight, blocked roads and pelted policemen with rocks as they kicked off daily protests just 10 days ahead of the election.
According to the boy’s mother Caroline Okello, the student said he gone to buy ice cream from a nearby vendor as protests swept through the city.
BUY ICE CREAM
“I told him not to go out today because of the protests but he insisted on going to buy ice cream,” said the mother.
The boy was a student at Vihiga High School, but had been sent home for school fees, the mother said.
One protester, Michael Odhiambo, 21, said he had seen police gun down a young man.
“He was running to hide himself from police. A police man just pointed a gun at him and shot him from a distance. He was shot in the neck,” he said.
Kisumu police boss Titus Yoma could not confirm if the the boy died from bullet wounds or if he was shot at all, “because the body was taken to the mortuary by local residents,” he said.
On Friday two protesters were shot dead by police in the town of Bondo, the rural home of opposition leader Raila Odinga some 50 kilometres from Kisumu.
“For how long will these senseless killings by police (go on)? Police cannot be shooting at protesters every other time. Is it a crime to protest?,” asked Margaret Akinyi, a vegetable vendor in Kisumu.
She said the young protester killed Monday was “felled by a bullet just next to me and we had to run, all of us. He is dead.”
In Nairobi a small crowd of protesters was swiftly dispersed.
A local human rights group said 37 people died in the immediate aftermath of the August 8 election that was later annulled by the Supreme Court which ordered a re-run.
A joint report by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International released Monday said it had confirmed 33 deaths at the hands of police.
Kenya’s police chief Joseph Boinnet said this report was “totally misleading and based on falsehoods”, adding police were only aware of 12 deaths which they were investigating.