The on-going anti-IEBC protests turned ugly has a motorist decided to plough through a section of protesters. One of the victims has been confirmed dead while several others sustained serious injuries.
A quick search through the motor vehicles registry shows that the car, a Toyota Lancruiser of registration KBQ 609G, engine no. 1KD0880302 and chassis no. JTEBZ29J900071831 is registered to one George Gichimu Muriuki. Another protester is reported to have been shot in the leg by a plain-cloth officer.
Political intolerance in the country is at all-time high as Jubilee party is using any means possible to cling to power. On the other hand, the NASA coalition is agitating for purging of corrupt officials from the electoral body before the repeat elections slated for 26th October take place.
NASA had been staging anti-IEBC protests throughout the country twice every week (on Mondays and Fridays) but have now included Wednesday. The protests have been largely peaceful, with exception of an incident where goons took advantage and looted Tumaini Supermarket in Kisumu.
Police have been accused of using excessive force in containing the protests. Last week there was public outcry after they were caught on camera firing tear gas canisters into a kindergarten school in Kisumu. In another case a one protestor died after police used live bullets to scuttle protests in Kisumu.
Human rights group KNCHRC today released a report stating that so far 37 people have lost their lives in post-poll violence since August 8th. 7 of those killed are children; three girls and four boys.
While releasing the report at the Sarova Stanley, KNCHRC chair Kwagiria Mbogori noted that cases of incitement were rampant. She also reported that state officials were using public resources to campaign for Jubilee, in contravention of the Elections Act.