Three shot dead as anti-IEBC protests turn sour
Three people died after police allegedly fired live bullets to anti-IEBC protesters in Siaya and Kisumu. Eight other people are reportedly nursing bullet wounds.
This followed confrontations between the police and CORD supporters calling for disbandment of IEBC.
The anti-IEBC marches are being held in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Siaya, Kakamega, Meru and Nakuru among other towns.
This comes even as Kakamega Senator Dr Bonny Khalwale was arrested while leading demonstrations in his home turf.
Khalwale was taken to Kakamega Police Station as police lobbed teargas to disperse demonstrators.
In Nairobi, the situation was tense with police lobbying teargas to disband CORD supporters even before their leaders among them Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula could make it to IEBC headquarters at Anniversary Towers.
However, some unrest ensued in the Kibera slums with rowdy youth vandalizing The National Alliance (TNA) offices and lighting fires along the roads to show solidarity with their colleagues who were in the streets.
In Mombasa, the County Assembly Speaker Thadeus Rajwayi and Junda Member of County Assembly Paul Onje were among ten people arrested during the anti-IEBC march.
A confrontation ensued between the demonstrators and the police with the earlier saying that the protests can only proceed without any cases of violence.
The demonstrators had assembled at the Mombasa’s Uhuru Gardens as early as 7AM ready for the anti-IEBC protests that aim at forcing the commissioners to resign.
Anti-riot police officers were also deployed in the coastal city to deal with any eventuality.
Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho, MPs Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir (Mvita), William Kamoti (Rabai) and Rashid Bedzimba (Kisauni), however, managed to lead a what was seen as a peaceful procession from Uhuru Garden to IEBC offices located along Nkurumah Road.
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