3 April 2013

Kenya: Police Watchdog to Investigate Kenyan Protestors' Deaths

Photo: Capital FM
Police chasing after protesters during the general elections.

Kenya's Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) has launched an investigation into the deaths of two people in Kisumu protests at the weekend after the Supreme Court confirmed the electoral victory of Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya's Daily Nation reported Tuesday (April 2nd).

IPOA chairman Macharia Njeru said the investigation would include all areas where unrest broke out after the election.

East Africa Law Society president James Mwamu has accused the police of excessive force. "We demand an explanation from the police force as the officers seemed to have been given orders not only to shoot, but shoot and kill," he said.

Nyanza police boss Joseph Oletito denied the accusations, saying that the police officers acted within the law.

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