NAIROBI — Kenyan police fired teargas and water cannons at stone-throwing supporters of opposition chief Raila Odinga on Monday throughout a second week of protests in opposition to the federal government and excessive meals costs, with one individual shot useless within the western metropolis of Kisumu.
The clashes broke out as Odinga’s convoy handed by way of the Kawangware neighbourhood within the capital Nairobi, Reuters reporters mentioned. A whole lot of supporters had gathered across the convoy, shouting “Ruto should go,” in reference to President William Ruto.
Odinga, who misplaced to Ruto in final August’s election, is in search of to channel frustrations about cussed inflation right into a sturdy motion in opposition to the president. He has vowed to press forward with biweekly protests – each Monday and Thursday – regardless of police banning the demonstrations.
In Kisumu, near Odinga’s ancestral dwelling, one individual was shot useless in the course of the protests, a employee on the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Educating and Referral Hospital mentioned, with out saying who did the capturing.
“His physique was dumped outdoors of the hospital,” mentioned the employee, who requested to not be named as a result of he was not authorised to talk to media. Alphonse Wambua, Kisumu County police commander, mentioned he was unaware of anybody who had been shot useless.
The Impartial Police Oversight Authority will examine 5 incidents throughout the nation through which officers are mentioned to have injured protesters and killed one in Kisumu, the federal government police watchdog mentioned in an announcement.
In Nairobi’s Mathare slums and in Kisumu, law enforcement officials clad in riot gear used tear fuel in opposition to protesters who have been hurling stones at them, footage on Kenyan tv station NTV confirmed.
A Reuters witness reported little exercise in Nairobi’s central enterprise district, with many retailers remaining closed amid a heavy police presence forward of Monday’s deliberate gatherings.
Ruto has accused Odinga of attempting to fire up chaos in a rustic with a historical past of political and ethnic violence, usually round elections. Odinga denies this.
In separate incidents on Monday, unidentified folks vandalised a property belonging to Odinga’s household and one other owned by former president Uhuru Kenyatta, who supported Odinga in final yr’s election, Kenyan media reported.
Dennis Onyango, Odinga’s spokesperson, mentioned he believed the federal government despatched the attackers.
Afterward Monday night, fireplace was seen burning sections of Kenyatta’s property, based on footage from Citizen TV.
Spokespeople for the federal government, police and Kenyatta didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Odinga, a former prime minister, has misplaced 5 presidential elections in a row. He challenged the latest consequence earlier than the Supreme Courtroom, which upheld Ruto’s victory.
Throughout final week’s protests, a college scholar was killed when police fired dwell rounds after operating out of tear fuel canisters and clean rounds, based on an inner police report proven to Reuters by a police supply.
A police spokesperson didn’t reply to a request for remark concerning the report.
Throughout and after these protests, police arrested greater than 200 folks, together with lawmakers belonging to Odinga’s faction in each homes of the parliament.
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