Dead Bodies Dumped In Streets As Police Clash With CORD Protesters

At least two persons have lost their lives at Kenya’s opposition protests held in western Kenya’s Kisumu city to demand the disbandment of the election commission.

Police fired live bullets into the air to split up a crowd trying to march to the electoral body’s office in the county, a witness said. Police have not reported over the killing, but an eye witness said one of the dead bodies was used to block Oginga Odinga Street, and it had a bullet wound in its chest.

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Demonstrators lifted the body from the vicinity of Imperial hotel and dumped it on the street. One other person who was critically injured was rushed to Kisumu district hospital with a bullet wound in the stomach.

Six protesters in Kisumu were also brutally injured and are being treated in hospitals for gunshot wounds, the Red Cross has said.

Police and protesters have clashed in the city as the opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy agitate nationwide against the electoral commission, accusing it of  being corrupt, and being loyal to the sitting government.

Vowing that the protest will go on as long as Jubilee remains defiant about the dialogue, CORD has said it will  go to court on Tuesday to start legal proceedings against IG Joseph Boinnet for murdering two protesters in Kisumu demonstrations.

Kenya's opposition protest

Siaya Senator James Orengo said Boinnet will be “held personally responsible for the killing of peaceful protesters by police”. Dennis Onyango, Cord leader Raila Odinga’s personal assistant, reported this via Facebook on Monday.

The protesters are demanding the electoral body be scrapped and a new one be appointed.

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Opposition alliance is threatening to increase the frequency of protests. It adds that its weekly protests against the IEBC will grow significantly if the government does not heed dialogue calls.

Speaking through Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama, the party said in a press conference that the increase will be slow but steady. He said the one-day-a-week protest will be held next week if there is no dialogue by Monday.

Muthama added that if the situation remains so in the next two weeks, the protests will increase to four days in one week. He finally said the protest will be held on a daily basis if the government does not respond in three weeks.

Some tweets and images from the Monday’s protest show it turned really chaotic and bloody at some point, glance below: 

Spokesman for opposition leader Raila Odinga said they have confirmed two people shot dead.

Mr Odinga is expected to run against President Uhuru Kenyatta in election next year. He wants the commission to be kicked out for being allegedly corrupt.

The High Court recently backed the protests, urging IG Joseph Boinnet to provide security and ensure public safety.

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However, Police banned the protest on Sunday, saying they would fire live ammunition if the need arises during the protests.

Kenya's opposition protests

But as expected, the coalition and its supporters overlooked the order and headed straight to the streets in various counties, burning tyres and blocking roads. This isn’t the first time the party is disregarding police order in the agitation against removal of IEBC commissioners.