, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 20 – Inspector General (IG) of Kenya’s Police Joseph Boinett has refuted accusations of wanton killing and brutality levelled against the force while dealing with anti IEBC protests saying that only four protesters have died and ten injured while adding that ten police officers have also been injured while responding to the riots..
In a statement sent to newsrooms, in his defence of the police, Boinett has given a chronology of violent events in different parts of western Kenya where the protests were deadliest.
“On 6th October in Kisumu, violent demonstrators barricaded roads leading to Kisumu town. The riotous mob later raided Tumaini Supermarket where they stole and destroyed goods estimated to be worth over Sh 6 million. Two supermarket workers were injured by the goons.”
Social media has been awash with gory images of alleged victims of police brutality from Kisumu, opposition’s stronghold and the western part of Kenya even as some civil societies continue to accuse the police of use of excessive force in dealing with protestors.
On Thursday, protests against the alleged killing of protestors organized by Boniface Mwangi, a renowned photojournalist and activist ended abruptly when the police lobbed teargas dispersing the crowd.
Boniface Mwangi through his social media later took a photo of an alleged bruise caused by a tear gas canister which was fired at him at close range.
“Our records indicate that between 2nd and 16th October, four deaths have occurred as a result of Police intervention to stop violent demonstrations. Ten police officers have been injured and seven persons arrested who have been charged in Court,” reads part of the statement.
He lamented the escalated political rhetoric accompanied by assault and other forms of violence which have been witnessed being meted against Kenyans.
“IEBC officials engaged in training and preparations for the presidential elections have not been spared either,” he said.
National Super Alliance who pulled out of the repeat Presidential race citing lack of reforms has promised to carry out the mother of all protests on 26th October when the repeat polls are scheduled to be carried out.