Police and Aga Khan hospital superintendent Sam Oula are on the limelight for lying that Kisumu Fredrick Otieno who died during IEBC protests on Monday was not shot by the police.
This is after a post-mortem revealed that the supposed CORD protester who police and hospital chief said died of a head injury after falling in the western city of Kisumu on Monday, actually died of a gun shot wound, with the bullet penetrating his heart.
This supports the view of fellow opposition protesters who said the man was shot by police. Otieno was shot in the left arm very close to his armpit with the bullet penetrating his lungs living him bleeding profusely and unconscious at Tivoli Centre while on his way to the bank.
Independent Policing Oversight Authority officials and family members are among those who witnessed the postmortem at Aga Khan Hospital on Thursday. The family has scheduled a press conference with the media on Friday over the turn of events.
Aga Khan Hospital medical superintendent Sam Oula in a statement on Monday hinted that
“We received three victims across the day. One was brought in dead at about 11:30 am (Otieno). He fell during the ‘running battles’ and did not wake up. Witnesses reported that he knocked his head. He did not have any gunshot injury on him”.
When reached after the postmortem results, he said;
“I am yet to see a written report, therefore I cannot comment now to avoid dropping a delusive statement”.
He said he was away in Nairobi and had not seen the results of the postmortem. The development caused an uproar among local leaders.
Kisumu deputy governor Ruth Odinga, Nyakach MP Aduma Owuor and ODM officials Seth Ochieng’ and Edward Ogolla urged the government to charge Otieno’s killers. The Law Society of Kenya has vowed to sue Inspector General of police Joseph Boinnet and the officers responsible for the deaths of the protesters.
The lawyers promised to provide pro-bono services to relatives of the deceased as well as for those injured during Monday protests. At a press conference in Kisumu town on Thursday, LSK Western Kenya chapter chairman Francis Olel asked the affected to visit their offices at Alpha House in Kisumu.
Police spokesman Charles Owino said on Tuesday that officers are are allowed to use live bullets , excessive force on protesters if threatened. The Monday protests became bloody after police shot Otieno and other two people in Siaya County.
At least three people were killed in Kisumu and the town of Siyaya on Monday after police tried to split up protests called by the opposition to demand the appointment of a new electoral commission ahead of next year’s poll.
Four other gunshot victims in Siaya – Fidel Opiyo, Felix Oduor, Charles Madoho and Chrispine Okello – are recovering at Jaramogi hospital in Kisumu with bullets still lodged in their chests.