Matiangi denies police have killed protestors in Kisumu, Kibera and Mathare
Acting security Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi has denied reports that police have shot dead protestors in Kisumu, Kibera and Mathare.
” I do not know about any causalities. Some people tried to burn a bus and others who tried to break into the hardware in Mathare. I do not know police are injuring citizens and if they do that is against the law,” he stated.
He went on: “I’m not aware of anyone who has been killed using live bullets anywhere. That is rumour and gossip. Police have not used any excess force anywhere in this country,” he insisted.
But in Mathare, protestors have been showing live bullets and spent cartridges which they claim police have been using on them.
Matiang’i said reports of deaths and demonstrations are false and are being fuelled by social media some with false or foreign and old information.
“We are not aware of any deaths of peaceful demonstrations that have been blocked. I would like to however warn all those criminals that the government will stop at nothing in ensuring that peace and tranquillity prevails across the country.
“The country is peaceful except in Kisumu, mathare and kibera,” he added.
Police in Kisumu have kicked of investigations to establish circumstances under which a protestor was shot at and killed in Maseno, a suburb in the outskirts of Kisumu town.
Violent protests rocked Kisumu for the better part of Friday as residents waited for IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati to announce results of the hotly contested August 8 presidential election.
Anti-riot police engaged demonstrators in running battles as traders rushed to closed businesses in fear of looting.
The protests spilt to Saturday after Mr Chebukati declared President Uhuru Kenyatta winner of the poll in which former Prime Minister Raila Odinga had challenged him.
Nyanza Regional Commissioner Wilson Njenga called on residents of the lakeside county to be patient as law enforcement agencies conduct and conclude investigations into the killing.
Matiangi has warned those spreading fake news on social media that the will be arrested and charged in court.
“We have made some arrests this morning,” said Matiang’i