Sabahi (Washington, DC)

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.

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2013 Sabahi. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.

InFocus

Police 'Killings' Over Kenyan Polls Probed

Police chasing after protesters during the general elections.

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority has launched an investigation into police shootings after protests broke out over the election petition ruling. Read more »