KNCHR Report: 12 died, 150 injured during October repeat polls

Opposition supporters carry a protester injured during clashes with police in Kibera slum in Nairobi. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: According to the Kenya National and Human Rights Commission, 150 people were injured and 12 died during the repeat of polls on 26th of October this year.

In a media briefing in Nairobi on Friday, KNHCR chair Kawiria Mboghori said that the injuries and deaths were occasioned by the clash between the police and demonstrators who snubbed elections..

Mboghori accused the police service and demonstrators for such atrocities where police allegedly used a lot of force and torture who were heavily deployed in the NASA strong hold counties especially ,Nairobi ,Kisumu HomaBay Migori ,Bungoma Vihiga Kakamega and Busia .

He also accused the demonstrators especially youths who barricaded roads especially in Kawangware ,Nyanza and Western counties hindering IEBC officials to provide services, and voters to vote indicating that such acts is in contravention of electoral laws especially article 38 of the constitution.

“We note with great concern also unlawful actions by civilians who hurled stones ,wielded machetes and other crude weapons lit bonfires on public roads and areas where personal property was looted.”Mboghori

She urged the inspector of police Joseph Boinnet together with Independent police oversight authority to investigate the matters and take action against them.

He hailed IEBC the way it conducted the exercise, especially on the issue of constituency tallying centres by providing conducive environment for observers to monitor the exercise.

However, she said that the commission noted some errors that were made during the display of some constituencies .