Cloudy Weather Report Ramallah, Palestine +4°C, Cloudy
Home | News |

Police shoot three dead as clashes mark Kenyan opposition leader’s return

Three people were shot dead Friday in Nairobi, an AFP reporter saw, as police dispersed thousands of opposition supporters welcoming home their leader Raila Odinga from an overseas trip.

The three men, all with bullet wounds in the upper body, were seen lying on the road in Muthurwa, a city suburb where riot police armed with tear gas, water cannons and rifles clashed with stone-throwing protesters, part of angry battles that lasted throughout the day.

Police denied that any live rounds had been used, and said five people had been killed by “stoning” by a hostile crowd after they had been caught stealing.

Odinga won an unprecedented court victory overturning the result of the August 8 presidential poll, leading to a rerun last month that he then boycotted claiming it would not be free and fair.

Kenya’s Supreme Court is due to rule Monday on whether President Uhuru Kenyatta can be sworn in for a second term or if there must be another rerun.

The dispute over this year’s presidential vote has left the country deeply divided and protests between opposition supporters and police have become commonplace.

Human rights groups estimate that close to 50 people have been killed in election-related violence, the vast majority shot by police.

Odinga returned Friday from a 10-day trip to the United States where he visited think tanks and sought support for his contention that fresh elections must be held, supervised by an overhauled election board.

– Tear gas and water cannons –
His National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition had called its supporters to a “Welcome Back Baba Convoy” — using a nickname for Odinga — to join the opposition leader on his way from the airport to a planned rally in the city centre.

But a heavy deployment of police blocked roads and broke up crowds surrounding the convoy, unleashing liberal amounts of tear gas, copious jets from water cannon trucks and firing shots.

The clashes caused chaos in the capital that continued late into the afternoon.

Police spokesman George Kinoti issued a statement saying that only teargas and water cannon had been used, in order to respond to “unauthorised processions.”

“No live fire was used,” it said.

“We are however aware that sections of the mobs accompanying the NASA convoy, looted property and five persons were killed by stoning in different incidences after having been caught stealing by enraged crowds.”

Following the rerun vote, NASA launched a “National Resistance Movement” aiming to use civil disobedience and boycotts to challenge what it considers to be Kenyatta’s illegal government.

Friday’s gathering of thousands of opposition supporters in Nairobi was the movement’s first show of strength since then, but fell short of the “million man march” promised by party leaders.

It also marked a heavier deployment of police than in the past, as they sought to block Odinga from holding a rally.

Eventually, Odinga managed to say a few words to cheering supporters from the sunroof of his car.

“Today is the day we are launching Kenya as a third republic,” he said, referring to independence from Britain in 1963 and the new constitution in 2010.

“What you have seen is a signal that a third liberation is coming soon,” Odinga said before driving away.


(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)


No tags for this article
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are those of the writers and do not reflect those of accepts no responsibility legal or otherwise for their accuracy of content. Please report any inappropriate content to us, and we will evaluate it as a matter of priority.

Related Articles

Lagos APC officially receives Adiukwu-Bakare, others

The Lagos Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Tunde Balogun, on Tuesday, said the recent defections of bigwigs of other parties to the APC

‘Ignorance makes you very bold’, Ramos slams Griezmann attitude

Sergio Ramos has launched a scathing attack on Antoine Griezmann’s attitude after the French forward said he has his eye on the Ballon d’Or this

Atiku in Jos promises all inclusive gov’t

By Marie-Therese Nanlong Jos – Former Vice President and Presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar has promised to run

Most Watched Videos

View all posts

Nigeria vs Zambia 1-0 - (Video)

Watch the football match between Nigeria vs Zambia 1-0, shows  Extended Highlights from the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers on 7 October 2017

Amazing! This Pastor Claims to Heal by Kissing His Flocks - Video

Wonders shall never end.  This is a new one.... Ghanaian pastor based in South Africa claims to heal folks through kisses.  Yes, full blown tongue in

What Type of Man Are You? (Must Watch Video)

This video describes in vivid terms, the types of men that exist.  Watch and review below.

The Marriage Test Bucket - (Video)

Watch this hilarious spoof:  The Marriage Scanning Bucket.  Please leave a review below.

Most Read News

View all posts

I don’t expect any 75 to 80-years-old still in government - Anglican Bishop speaks on Buhari's re-election bid

- An Anglican Bishop has warned against President Muhammadu Buhari's re-election bid- Bishop Stephen Oni said old Nigeria politicians should leave the stage for the

2019: Ambode allegedly faces impeachment over second term bid

- Unconfirmed reports have filtered in that Governor Ambode is facing impeachment- The impeachment is allegedly connected with the governor’s second term bid and the

Ademola Lookman: Everton star plays for England U21 side despite links to Nigeria

Everton star Ademola Lookman was in action for England U21 team despite links to switch his allegiance to Nigeria.The 20-year-old was in action from the

2019: Group urges PDP to field Saraki, Ekweremadu

BY UGOCHUKWU ALARIBE ABA- A South East socio political group, Igbo Democratic Alliance, IDA, has urged the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to elect Senate President, Bukola

Governor Dickson hails PDP presidential aspirant, says his service to Nigeria exemplary

- Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state has commended a front-line PDP presidential aspirant, Kabiru Turaki, SAN- The governor hailed Turaki for his loyalty, commitment

Why direct primaries are not practicable in Borno state - Governor Shettima

- Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state says every state should adopt the kind of primary election suitable to it based on its peculiarities- He

Most Watched Movies