Police kill two women in Kisii county at Daraja Mbili market in Kisii Town. The two women were killed as the police tried to disperse boda boda operators blocking the Kisii-Kisumu highway.
A confrontation between the motorcycle operators and Police ensued leading to the two women being shot.
One of the women has been identified as Edna Osoro, a 27-year-old tomato seller. She was accidentally struck by a stray bullet at the side of the road. Her death and that of the other yet to be identified woman lead to chaotic scenes as missile-wielding protesters engaged the officers.
Edna’s father, John Osoro, condemned the killing of his daughter as he wept while giving a statement.
“I have just seen the worst day of my life. How could my daughter die in such an unnecessary manner?”
Edna died on the spot while the unidentified woman died on arrival at the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital (KTRH) according to chief executive Enoch Ondari.
The missile-throwing protesters lit several bonfires on the highway, blocking it before marching into the town center and destroying moving vehicles, buildings and businesses.
A resident of the area identified as Momanyi said the behavior is uncalled for. ”Why should the rioters destroy other people’s property?” he asked.
A combined effort by the police force, taxi drivers and residents helped halt the rampage of the protesters. Teargas canisters were lobbed at the demonstrators who were armed with crude weapons as they were chased from the town center.
Business owners in Kisii Town area will be counting losses worth millions of shillings following the unfortunate death of the two women on Thursday night.