Right now, police are reported to have fired teargas and gun shots at hundreds of protesters in the city of Kisumu who flooded the street for IEBC demonstration.
During the clash in the western city of Kisumu, three people have been allegedly shot by police.
Casualties In IEBC Demonstration
One victim has been confirmed dead after being rushed to Aga Khan Hospital with serious head injuries, two others shot were also rushed to county hospital. The dead man was taken to the hospital by two Members of Parliament as blood streaked out of his head.
Aga Khan hospital head Dr Sam Oula confirmed the death, but dismissed claims by leaders that he had gunshot wounds. The hospital said the man may have been hit with a blunt object. It is alleged that police allegedly beat up the man on the head leaving him unconscious, an eye-witness said.
Several other protesters have also been injured. The killing irked the protesters the more and they then lit bonfires and threw stones at the police. The heavily armed officers had also sealed off IEBC offices across the country to deter Cord supporters from demonstrating.
Cord leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula are yet to arrive at the scene.
In Mombasa, opposition supporters who had gathered at Uhuru Gardens waiting for ODM deputy leader Hassan Joho to lead them in storming IEBC offices were dispersed by Police officers in Mombasa using tear gas and water canons.
Mombasa governor Hassan Joho earlier urged people to come out en mass during the IEBC demonstration, saying they will hold the peaceful protests and police should come out in large numbers to give them protection.
In Nairobi, Business has been disrupted as police and opposition supporters clash. Police also fired tear gas at Kibera protesters as they tried to march towards the CBD. Most shops are closed in Kibera’s Olympic area as hundreds carry stones and placards on their way to Nairobi.
Kakamega senator Boni Khalwale has also gotten arrested alongside two other youths in Kakamega as they lead the anti-IEBC demonstration.
Khalwale was trying to address the crowd when he was arrested, an eye-witness said. The senator has been taken to Kakamega police station. The alleged clash between police and Cord supporters loomed ahead of the Monday’s weekly anti-IEBC demonstration.
Interior PS Karanja Kibicho had noted that the opposition has not notified the police and the ministry of the demonstrations. Listen to him:
“What we have is a court order barring them. Our work is to maintain law and order.”
On that account, scores of Anti-riot police have this morning been deployed in all major towns to “maintain peace and order” during the planned anti- IEBC protests .
On Sunday, the opposition urged police to provide security during anti-IEBC protests following allegations that three Jubilee politicians are planning to hire armed criminal gangs to cause chaos. Orengo said,
“We have informed police that three legislators have hired young men from criminal gangs to infiltrate the protests.”
Opposition parties want the commission scrapped because of alleged bias towards President Kenyatta. They’re planning protests in all major cities today.
Prior to the Monday match, opposition called for the “mother of all demos” to get the electoral commission reformed, while chasing out the commissioners ahead of the general elections next year.
A similar protest last week turned chaotic, ending in brutal riot with police, a situation that has attracted a lot of criticism from the international scene, particularly the white house.
Police chief Joseph Boinnet explained that they had only intervened to end an illegal protest, adding that the opposition’s attempt to hold a protest in the capital, Nairobi, today will be blocked.