Eight nursing bullet wounds following Kisumu anti-IEBC demos
Eight people are nursing bullet injuries in Kisumu during the anti-IEBC protests by NASA supporters. Thirteen others sustained serious limb injuries. Out of the 21 injuries, four are very serious.
Petro Owuoth, 49, was shot on the buttocks in Kondele as hundreds of protesters engage the police in running battles. He was rushed to Nightingale hospital in Kondele where he is admitted.
Fredrick Omollo, 42, sustained serious injuries on his hand after he was allegedly clobbered by police in Obunga estate.
A lady also suffered fracture leg during the running battle after she was reportedly beaten by riot police.
A number of riot officers were also hit with stones by the protesters. An officer had his eye hit with a stone. Two others were hit on the knee and hand.
But several people are feared to have sustained serious as the ambulance was seen rushing into estates and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital.
This follows the battle that spread up to the estates from Kisumu’s streets. The demonstration rendered Kisumu a “ghost city” as shops were shut down for better part of the day.
The combative battle at some point turned Kondele into a “no-go zone” as police embarked on quelling the demonstrations.
Police, mainly from GSU fired teargas and shot in the air to disperse the crowd with protesters throwing them with stones in retaliation.
Heavy gunshot rented the air in Migosi, Carwash, Kondele, Manyatta estates and Juakail area as protesters engaged the police till late in the evening.
Earlier, a section of demonstrators alleged threw stones at Kondele police station which prompted officers to respond.
This was after they were peacefully led to the IEBC office by Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o.
Kisumu City Residents Association chairman Audi Ogada has condemned police brutality. He said police should stop using live bullets as they disperse the protesters.
“The victim has been treated. He was actually shot in Kondele. The bullet went through his buttocks,” Ogada said.
He said many people could have been injured as the protests extend into the estates. “We are doing follow up and we will share our findings with the public,” Ogada added.