Another report by Reprieve Global has uncovered that around 11 individuals lost their lives in Kisumu and Kisii provinces during the counter government showings a fortnight back.
Discoveries from the report, delivered related to the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and the Kenya Clinical Affiliation (KMA) on Friday, show that police utilized inordinate power to scatter protestors during the mobs.
In a joint statement, the three organizations noted, “Amnesty International Kenya, the Law Society of Kenya, and the Kenya Medical Association visited Kisumu and Kisii Counties between 28 and 30 July 2023.”
“We are saddened to report that preliminary investigations confirm that at least eleven people were killed, the majority with bullet wounds and a few with blunt-force trauma,” the statement reads.
The report’s discoveries additionally uncovered that during the period, 107 police attack cases were kept in the two areas, with 47 of these being gunfire related.
The statement continued, “Initial reports indicate that police shot indiscriminately at unarmed protestors, including those who had surrendered or were running away from the police.”
“In one occurrence, an unarmed protestor, who filled in as an onlooker in a torching episode, was shot and killed by a cop.”
As per the three bodies, the State ought to guarantee the wellbeing of families and casualties who are yet to report infringement out of dread of terrorizing or re-exploitation at police headquarters.
Irungu Houghton, executive director of Amnesty International, has since pleaded with the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) to carry out an independent investigation into the aforementioned instances of police killing Kenyans due to excessive force.
“Casualties and overcomers of vicious demonstrations by cops have a sacred right to life and equivalent insurance under the watchful eye of the law,” he said.
“These infringement should not go unsettled. Cops viewed as blamable of utilizing overabundance force should confront a courtroom and reply to these charges close by their superiors.”