3 dead as CORD protests turn bloody

May 24, 2016 9:10 am
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According to the police, two of the people were shot by Administration Police officers who responded during an attack on their camp in Siaya/CFM NEWS
According to the police, two of the people were shot by Administration Police officers who responded during an attack on their camp in Siaya/CFM NEWS

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 24 – Three people were killed during CORD protests Monday seeking the removal from office of commissioners at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

According to the police, two of the people were shot by Administration Police officers who responded during an attack on their camp in Siaya.

A statement from Police Headquarters said the officers were acting in self defence after the mob attempted to set ablaze IEBC and sub-county offices.

“A mob with catapults attacked Siaya sub-county offices and seriously injured 29 officers as they attempted to set ablaze DCC and IEBC offices as well as AP camp. The officers fired in self defence and fatally injured two people,” the statement indicated.

Five other protesters were shot and wounded by prison warders who accused demonstrators of trying to free some 35 dangerous criminals who were being ferried from a court in Kehancha to Migori.

One other person died while undergoing treatment in Kisumu after falling on the tarmac as the mob there fled from police officers.

In Nairobi, attempts by CORD leaders led by Raila Odinga to stage a sit-in at Anniversary Towers failed after anti-riot police officers dispersed them using teargas and water cannon.

The CORD leaders had gathered at Capitol Hill before driving towards the city centre and to Anniversary Towers.

When they drove towards the IEBC offices, they were met with teargas forcing them to speed off as those on foot scampered for safety.

Police had outlawed the protest and did not allow any grouping along University Way unlike during the last three similar demonstrations.

Five Jubilee Members of Parliament have also sued CORD leaders for contempt of court after they failed to ensure their protests remained peaceful.

READ: Jubilee MPs sue over damage during CORD protests

The case is due in court on July 26.

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