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IPOA launches probe into police killing of protester in Kisumu, other incidents in Nairobi, Migori

Tuesday, 28th March 2023

 

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) has launched investigations into the reported shooting dead of a man in Kisumu County, as well as other incidents in Migori and Nairobi Counties.

 

The Authority in a statement late on Monday said it had noted four incidents that occurred during protests in various parts of the country.

 

In Kisumu, police allegedly shot an unidentified protester in the leg and the chest—the bullets exiting from the back.

 

Nation.Africa reports Dr George Rae, the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital chief executive, to have said the body was taken to the facility’s morgue at around 1 pm. “One person was shot dead, a young, unknown male in his early 20s. The police brought him and left him in the morgue.”

 

A second man was left with gun wounds in Kisumu.

 

IPOA also said it is investigating another shooting incident where a man was left with gun wounds after he was shot by police.

 

Local media however reported that two men were hospitalized with gun injuries following clashes between protesters and police in Migori County.

 

The final matter under IPOA’s probe is that of police inaction.

The Authority said in its statement that it was investigating two incidents in which police failed to provide security to protect private property.

 

The cases are linked to the invasion and looting of the Northlands farm linked to former President Uhuru Kenyatta, and the stoning of Raila Odinga-linked Spectre International offices in Industrial Area.

 

IPOA called on the police to abide by the law in exercising their constitutional function of protecting life and property in line with the National Police Service Act.

 

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