Two dead as Kenyan police attack electoral reform demos
At least two people died yesterday when Kenya's police shot, beat and tear-gassed demonstrators across the country who called for the electoral commission to be dissolved due to allegations of bias and corruption.
The two were shot dead in Siaya County, in western Kenya on the shore of Lake Victoria, according to Bonny Odinga, the county's communications director.
The protests, held each Monday for the past four weeks, come before elections next year and are organised by Kenya's main opposition group, the Coalitions for Reforms and Democracy. Last week, the US and human rights activists condemned the violence displayed by Kenyan police in which one man was killed.
Police Inspector General Joseph Boinnet said he would not permit the demonstrations because the opposition group did not notify police of their intent. The organisation said the right to picket is constitutionally guaranteed. Senator James Orengo, a protest organiser, said the opposition notified police of the alleged intent of government-allied legislators to hire goons to disrupt the protests.