A hospital in Kisumu, western Kenya, has removed a bullet from the body of a five year old shot during the anti-IEBC demonstration in the area.
The demonstration turned bloody after police violently disrupted it. Two people are now confirmed dead, but the boy survived after police clashed with protesters in Kisumu. Overall, eight people, including a child, were shot by police in Kisumu as they tried to split up the protesters.
A bullet hit Jeremy Otieno Adongo, 6, in the back while at their house in Kasule, Manyatta estate. The boy was immediately taken to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital where the bullet wound was treated. Doctors said he is responding to treatment.
Another one year-old was wounded severely as a teargas canister was fired at a house in Migosi estate.
Two other youth, Omondi Nyamor and Daniel Okello got seriously injured and were also rushed to the hospital. It was alleged that police brutally assaulted them. A student at Highway Secondary school identified as Joseph Njoroge was also shot in the leg.
A water seller dubbed “Mwala” who allegedly supplies water at the Kisumu bus park was among the dead. Those admitted with gunshot wounds included Dickson Afira (abdomen), Calvince Ochieng’ (chest), Steve Okumu (Thigh) and Ranington Ochieng’ (Thigh).
Doctors said six people were admitted at the facility with gunshot wounds.
While demonstrations in western Kenya started war with police, protests in Nairobi have stopped peacefully. Police stood by as Opposition leaders drove past the electoral commission’s offices.
But police were deployed inside the compound of the building that houses the electoral commission. The opposition party also in a bid to maintain peaceful demonstration employed some peace marshals to control protesters.
The marshals formed a cordon outside the electoral commission’s gate to prevent protesters from entering into the building.
A spokesman for Kenya’s presidency disputed reports that protesters were shot in western Kenya’s Kisumu city. Police are yet to release a statement concerning the purported killing.
Manoah Esipisu said that those shot were thieves and not protesters. He added that they stormed and looted two supermarkets, barricaded roads and harassed motorists.
In Kisumu, Police stood close to the Kisumu State Lodge, shooting bullets into the air to disperse protesters trying to march to the electoral body’s office.
The protesters accused the commission of being biased towards the ruling Jubilee coalition. Reports shows street children broke into Naivas supermarket gates and looted gas cylinders. Windows of Tumaini Supermarket in Kondele were also smashed with stones.
The street protesters also threw stones at Naivas supermarket in what they described as avenging the police. They claimed that officer who allegedly shot a protester in the hand was positioned near the supermarket.
Audi Ogada, chairman Kisumu city residents voice association, condemned the killing of innocent citizens especially in estates. Ogada blamed police for the destruction of two supermarkets.