9 people charged for taking part in unlawful CORD protest

May 24, 2016 3:31 pm
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They were part of demonstrators who defied a police warning not to take part in the demonstrations and were dispersed with teargas and water cannon/AFP
They were part of demonstrators who defied a police warning not to take part in the demonstrations and were dispersed with teargas and water cannon/AFP

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 24 – Nine people were on Tuesday charged with taking part in an unlawful assembly during Monday’s CORD protests against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

They appeared before Principal Magistrate Joyce Ndagani who freed them on a bond of Sh10,000 or a cash bail of Sh2,000.

They were part of demonstrators who defied a police warning not to take part in the demonstrations and were dispersed with teargas and water cannon.

Three people were killed in Kisumu and Siaya during the protests calling for the removal of IEBC Commissioners.

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.

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.

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