, NAIROBI, Kenya May 16 – Police have denied claims that a vehicle belonging to CORD leader Raila Odinga was shot at during Monday’s protests against elections officials.
“The claims trending on social media that a vehicle belonging to a CORD leader was shot at are false,” said Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet.
Photos of a white Land Cruiser with a cracked windscreen have been trending on social media, with many condemning the police actions.
Odinga later clarified that he was not in the vehicle at the time it was hit by the object.
He said experts were “looking into the nature of the damage to determine if it was a bullet or not.”
He said preliminary analysis had shown that the object that hit his vehicle was at high speed and blamed the police for all the “chaos, damages and injuries sustained by his supporters.”
Dozens of CORD supporters were wounded after police lobbed teargas and used water cannons to disperse them when they launched a sit-in outside Anniversary Towers along University Way where IEBC offices are located.
But police have justified their action, saying some of the CORD supporters were rowdy and armed with crude weapons.
During the protest, 15 CORD supporters were arrested and are currently held at Central Police station.
“They were found robbing members of the public and vandalizing property as they fled from the CORD organised riots,” he said.
CORD principals Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula were seated on the tarmac on University Way listening to Orengo when tear gas canisters rained on them.
“Who killed Juma (controversial businessman Jacob Juma)?” it is the question Senator James Orengo, who was by then addressing the protestors, posed.
The next minute; everyone was scampering for safety.
The ambush by police caught the leaders unawares, for some like Senator Elizabeth Ongoro had to be escape into a shop along Moi Avenue.
“Please don’t kill me,” she was heard saying.
In a change of tact, the cops unlike the previous times were strategically positioned on all perceived exit routes, where protesters normally use to escape.
The protest was marred by cases of mugging by a section of opposition supporters targeting innocent members of the public.