County to pay wounded protesters’ hospital bills
Families and friends of Kisumu residents who were injured during Wednesday’s anti-IEBC protests in Kisumu will pay no penny to settle their hospital bills.
The county government on Thursday announced the office of Governor Prof Anyang Nyong’o will clear treatment bills of the demonstrators admitted at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH).
Seven demonstrators in the lakeside city were allegedly shot by police using live bullets, a development that outraged Kenyans especially those allied to NASA leader Raila Odinga.
Kisumu Deputy Governor Dr Ochieng’ Owili who visited JOOTRH to check on the injured opposition supporters condemned what he termed police brutality directed at people allied to the opposition particularly those from Nyanza, Raila’s political base.
“We condemn the use of excessive force by the police to maim peaceful demonstrators whose sole aim is to seek for electoral reforms in Kenya,” Owili said after visiting the wards the protesters are admitted to.
The opposition Wednesday evening accused police of using live bullets while dealing with unarmed protesters pushing for the removal from office of IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba from office.
Anti-IEBC protests were called by NASA leader Raila Odinga two weeks ago to push for electoral reforms before the October 26 repeat poll following the nullification of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election by the Supreme Court on September 1.
Those who accompanied Dr Owili to JOOTRH included County Secretary Dr Olang’o Onudi , Director Administration Abala Wanga , Health Director Dr Dickens Onyango, Director Governor’s Press Unit Achie Alai , Director Protocol Bob Madanji , Kondele MCA Joachim Oketch and Kisumu County Assembly Health Committee Chairman Vincent Jagongo.