Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Capital News
Rioma Police Station was burnt down during protests over the killing of a hawker who sells masks and sanitisers.


Masks and sanitiser hawker shot dead by police in Kisii, sparking violent protests

KISII, Kenya Jul 6 – The killing of a hawker who sells sanitisers and masks sparked protests in Kisii Sunday, leading to the torching of a police station.

The man was shot dead at Rioma Police station in Marani sub-county, triggering violent demonstrations.

A police station was set ablaze, in a similar fashion to what happened in Lessos police station last week, when a man was shot dead after a confrontation between police officers and a boda boda rider.

In the Lessos incident, the man identified by locals as a famous cobbler was killed when a bullet aimed at a surging crowd hit him. Residents then forced their way to the station where they burnt a block, before two people were killed.

In the Kisii incident, a local administrator at Rioma said it was market day and the man was shot when he allegedly attempted to take grab a gun from officers who had taken him to the police station for questioning.

The theory was disputed by locals who hurled stones at the station and even burnt an office block.

“Today being a market day, locals had gone to buy and sell their products at Rioma market when the deceased was confronted by the police officers, “said Evans Onchiri, a local chief.

Police Spokesman Charles Owino said he will comment on the matter once he has gathered sufficient details from the ground.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Kenya has witnessed nearly 20 incidents of a clash between civilians and police officers implementing an order for everyone to wear a mask while in public.

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority, IPOA, said it had documented up to 15 deaths resulting from such confrontation while many more remained wounded.

Some have been charged, among them a police officer who shot a young boy who was playing on their balcony in Huruma area.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Play to listen to Capital FM News

More on Capital News


Moscow (AFP), Sep 19 – President Vladimir Putin’s party was set to retain a majority in parliament as Russia on Sunday wrapped up a...


Berlin (AFP), Sep 19 – With a week to go until election day, Germany’s top parties face off in a televised debate on Sunday,...

Corona Virus

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 19- Kenya recorded 234 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, raising the caseload in the country to 246,530. The new cases were detected...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 19 – Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi has urged legislators to rise to the occassion and save Kenyans...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 19- National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has challenged Members of Parliament to move the debate on fuel from the roadsides to...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 19- Wiper Democratic Movement party leader Kalonzo Musyoka arrived in Dubai Sunday to attend the 2021 Voice Achievers Awards ceremony where...


Paris (AFP), Sep 18 – US President Joe Biden has requested early talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, France said on Sunday, in an...


Jerusalem (AFP), Sep 19 – All six Palestinian militants who escaped an Israeli high-security jail through a tunnel dug under a sink are back...