Kenyans protest after police shoot homeless man dead in Mathare
The killing of an elderly homeless man in Mathare has sparked a wave of protests on Kenyan social media with hundreds of Kenyans demanding justice.
On Tuesday morning, Kenyans woke up to news that an elderly porter had been shot dead by police officers who were enforcing curfew at the Bondeni area.
Almost immediately, several hashtags went live on Twitter with hundreds of Kenyans demanding justice for the man only identified as Vaite.
Elsewhere, Kenyans congregated on Tuesday morning outside the American Embassy in Gigiri in protests against racism and police brutality.
Photos showed scores of Kenyans and expats bent on one knee, speaking against racial profiling and killing of African Americans in the United States.
At the same time, they called for justice for Kenyans who have lost their lives at the hands or rogue police officers.
So far, 77 people have died or gone missing since the beginning of the year at the hands of rogue police according to a report by the Standard.
Others like a 13-year-old Yassin Moyo were killed by police officers who were enforcing the daily curfew after the coronavirus pandemic was reported in the country.
Recently, a 40-year-old man, Maurice Ochieng was beaten to death by police officers for the offence of not wearing a protective facemask in public.
See some reactions from Kenyans on social media:
You can track trials, data, report incidents, sign a petition to "Stop Systematic Police Violence and Extrajudicial Executions" and more. pic.twitter.com/CyOrFcjJqT
— Adelle Onyango (@ADELLEO) June 2, 2020
People we are really asking what a homeless man was doing outside past 7:00pm?
— Too Early For Benga (@paushinski) June 2, 2020
We did a short protest march in solidarity with #Blacklivesmatter and for justice for all the lives in the wake of Covid19 that have senselessly been lost to #policebrutalityke From Yassin Juma shot in his balcony to Vaite who was shot last night. #JusticeForVaite #Usikimye pic.twitter.com/dOzYjdkgHa
— Njeri Wa Migwi™ (@NjeriWaMigwi) June 2, 2020
Police in Kenya are killing more people than Rona.
1. Police Brutality is now a formality.
2. The police are worse than the virus.
3. It is better you face armwmed thugs that facing a police man in Kenya. #policebrutalityke
— sir-rap-alot (@OsamaOtero) June 2, 2020
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