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Two opposition protesters gunned down in Kenya

Ⓒ AFP – TONY KARUMBA – | Several people are moving away from the advance of the police in a context of tension in the streets with opposition protesters, on October 13, 2017

Two demonstrators taking part in a pro-opposition march in the western city of Bondo on Friday were shot dead during clashes with police, according to several witnesses.

“One of them has a large head wound and another wound in the chest. They lie in a sea of ​​blood,” said one of the witnesses, Charleston Okelo.

About 500 people demonstrated in Bondo, where Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga is from. Demonstrators were confronting police in front of a local police station when the shots began, the witnesses said.

People started to run in several directions, also inside the police station, and at that moment it was when the two demonstrators were shot down.

The situation remained chaotic by mid-afternoon, while the police were trying to disperse the crowd, enraged.

“Why are they firing at people who are demonstrating peacefully? Why do they cause people to shoot?” They have now killed two people, “said another witness, Wilfred Ojwang.

Local police chief John Kiarie declined to comment on the incident “until [he] received a detailed report of what actually happened.”

These are the first deaths since violent clashes following the Aug. 8 general election, killing at least 37 people, including 35 at the hands of the police, according to the Kenyan National Human Rights Commission (KNCHR). ).

Hundreds of opposition supporters gathered outside the main cities of the country on Friday, despite the government’s ban, ahead of the October 26 presidential elections.

Ⓒ AFP – Gillian HANDYSIDE – | Kenya

The political climate has been especially tense in Kenya since the Supreme Court on 1 September decided to invalidate the re-election of outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta in the August 8 presidential elections against Odigna.

At the request of the opposition, the Court alleged that irregularities in the transmission of the results had led to its invalidity, a first in Africa.

Odinga announced Tuesday that he was withdrawing his presidential candidacy on October 26, saying that the Electoral Commission (IEBC) had not taken the necessary steps to organize credible elections, such as the dismissal of some of its officials.

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