Use of live bullets, deaths in Kenya’s post-election protests are rumours – Interior CS

By Soko Directory Team / August 12, 2017

Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has said he is not aware of any killings using live bullets by the police to control protests that broke out Saturday night after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared winner.

“I am not aware of anyone who has been killed by live bullets in this country those are rumours. People who loot, break into people’s homes, burn buses are not peaceful protesters,” said the CS to the media on Saturday.

However, he acknowledged that there were protests in Kisumu, Mathare and Kibera.

“Even in these areas I have mentioned, there are no demonstrations they are looters, and looters are criminals that ought to be arrested,” he said.

“The government will stop at nothing short of protecting lives of Kenyans and their property and warn any person that may have criminal intent that they will face full force of the law,” said Matiangí.

Matiangí said the protests are being fanned by false social media posts, adding that the government is on alert and anybody found spreading propaganda on social media will be arrested.

“There has been an increase in a number of false and inflammatory messages being spread on social media platforms, we have laws that govern against abuse of social media and government will not hesitate to take action against culprits,” he said.

However, statement released by the Kenya national Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) on Saturday revealed established that established that 24 people have lost their lives since 8th August 2017 to date and this can be directly linked to the post-election environment. 

“Specifically, these cases indicate that the casualties were felled by bullets and the same has been corroborated by family and community members who have indicated that they were killed during the protests which broke out in various parts of the country.

KNCHR has confirmed that contrary to the sentiments made earlier today by the Ag. Cabinet Secretary in charge of Internal Security, the security personnel deployed to quell unrest in various parts of the country have been using excessive force, which is unlawful and unacceptable.

While the Media has exercised selfcensorship, it is worth noting that there are many cases of brutality being meted by the police on civilians and as a national agency charged with the mandate of protecting human rights, we want to condemn this.”

The KNCHR has established cases of loss of lives attributed to police using live bullets in the following places: Nairobi City (17), Homabay (2), Kisumu (1), Migori (2), Siaya (2).

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