A young man was shot dead during violent clashes between Kenyan police and anti-government demonstrators, and the police targeted the convoy of opposition leader Raila Odinga and his supporters with tear gas, amid escalating looting in places of unrest.
Odinga had called on Kenyans to demonstrate on Mondays and Thursdays every week, accusing President William Ruto of rigging the presidential elections and failing to curb the rising cost of living.
The demonstrators defied police chief Japhet Kumi, who announced the day before the ban on unauthorized demonstrations, especially in the capital Nairobi and Odinga’s stronghold Kisumu, warning that he would confront any violence.
And the main hospital in Kisumu in western Kenya reported that a young man was shot dead in the city, in the second death reported since the demonstrations began last Monday, and an organization responsible for monitoring police misconduct announced in a statement that it had opened an investigation into “an incident in which police shot a man.” And I killed him.”
The police used tear gas bombs in Nairobi and Kisumu to disperse the demonstrators, and Odinga’s convoy was targeted with tear gas and water cannons as it passed through a crowded neighborhood in Nairobi.
In parallel with the demonstrations, media reports said that hundreds of thieves attacked former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s farm on the outskirts of Nairobi, stealing sheep, cutting down trees and setting fire to parts of them.
Last Monday’s demonstrations turned violent, killing a university student and injuring 31 policemen. The authorities also witnessed the arrest of dozens of opponents.
These acts of violence are the first in the country since Ruto came to power 6 months ago after defeating Odinga in an election that the latter claims was “stolen” from him.