, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 14 – The National Super Alliance now wants the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) to commence investigations into the police over the killing of at least two people in Bondo on Friday following anti- Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) protests.
Siaya Senator James Orengo contends that the police action was uncalled for and called for human rights bodies including Amnesty International to institute a probe on violations of human rights by the police.
At least two people were killed and more than twenty injured in day-long demonstrations by NASA supporters in Bondo with government officials saying they were killed during confrontations with police officers outside Bondo Police station.
“We have commenced out own investigations and specifically we are appealing to the Independent Policing Oversight Authority and credible human rights organisations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Kenya Human Rights Commission, IMLU and indeed any other human rights organisation with investigative capacity to move quickly and investigate how these innocent Kenyans were killed,” he stated.
Orengo decried the use of force saying demonstrations are a fundamental right of Kenyans, enshrined in the constitution.
“Until now, the police are still struggling to find a rationale for the killing, one senior officer said they were shot while trying to invade a police station, another said they were looting a shop yet another said they attacked a police officer during the protests. Our supporters from the ground have said that none of these theories being advanced by the police is true,” he said.
The protesters were shot dead Friday as opposition supporters clashed with police in Western Kenya, with hundreds defying a ban on rallies to express their anger over an increasingly uncertain presidential election.
In the town of Bondo, the rural home of Opposition leader Raila Odinga, a large crowd confronted officers outside the police station, scattering as live shots were fired.
Witnesses said two people were shot dead. “One person had his head shattered by a bullet while the other was hit on the chest,” said eyewitness Sam Oguma.
Police commander Leonard Katana said the demonstrators were shot after attempting to “attack” the police station.
Regional security official Wilson Njega confirmed the two deaths, saying a full report would be issued once the circumstances of the killings became clear.
In the main Western city Kisumu, 50 kilo metres (30 miles) from Bondo, 20 people were admitted to hospital with serious injuries, four of them with gunshot wounds including one man in a critical condition who had been shot in the neck, said hospital chief Juliana Otieno.