Kenya

Kenya Police Disputes Post-election Violence Death Toll

Kenya police says they are investigating the post-election violence

Kenya National Police Service has denied killing at least 100 people in the post-election violence as tension rises in the East African country, Chimp Corps report.

Opposition NASA Coalition co-chair, Senator James Orengo told the media on Sunday that Cabinet Secretary for Interior Fred Matiangi and the Police command had “agreed on a shoot to kill response to protests by NASA supporters following the announcement of sham election results.”

He further said, “At least 100 people have been killed, 10 of them children” and that, “The Police has also ferried bodies away in body bags to hide evidence of unfolding brutality.”

But Police dismissed the claim as “untruthful”.

“These allegations are unfounded and have no basis in fact and are clearly aimed at escalating tensions in the Country,” said Kenya’s Inspector General of Police, George Kinoti.

“In the past two days, we are aware of six fatalities, in which criminals armed and acting with deadly intent attacked Police officers attempting to effect arrest, resulting in fatal neutralisation of the attackers,” he added.

According to Kinoti, two suspected criminals were shot dead while breaking into a supermarket at Kasabuni, Nairobi.

“When challenged to surrender, they attacked the law enforcement officers with machetes with intent to harm them,” said Kinoti.

Fatalities

The third one was in Starehe; Nairobi where there was a group of 25 people armed with assorted crude weapons breaking into private houses and who menacingly challenged and charged at Police officers.

The fourth and fifth criminals were “fatally neutralized” after a gang of six broke into a shop in Kariobangi, Nairobi, according to the police chief.

“As Police pursued them, they fired at the Police officers who fired back in defense.”

The sixth fatality occurred in Kisumu when a suspected criminal was shot after a large riotous mob blocked Dago – Kiboswa road and barricaded it with bonfires and stones and attacked motorists and pedestrians.

Kinoti said the Police Officers attempting to effect arrest were also attacked.

Police said they were also aware of a “very sad” and “unfortunate incident” in which a 9-year-old girl was shot dead while in their house in Mathare Area 2, Nairobi by unknown persons.

Kinoti said the other incident brought to police attention is of a dead body found alongside a road with fresh wounds in Nairobi’s Korogocho area.

He said the circumstances of the killing remain unknown.

“In the last two incidences, we have instituted investigations with a view to establishing authors of the crimes. We also inform the public that we are investigating a number of individuals suspected of incitement to violence, either directly or through intemperate social media postings with a view of effecting arrest for prosecution before the courts of law,” he warned.

Kenya opposition leader, Raila Odinga was defeated in the recently-concluded elections.

The opposition contested the election outcome, saying the results were rigged in favour of Uhuru Kenyatta.

However, election observers and the electoral body emphasised the exercise was free and fair.

Orengo warned the violence “being meted out on these defenseless citizens in their residential neighborhoods is intended to subjugate the will of the people and NASA into submission.”

He said NASA would not be “cowed. We will not relent.”

Meanwhile, Police said they remained “open to oversight and we shall hold to account any Police officer found to have breached the law.”


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