Three people killed during protests against Kenyan election body

At least three people were killed during nationwide protests in Kenya as thousands demonstrated against an electoral oversight body they claim is corrupt, a local official and witnesses said Monday.

Kenyan special forces shot dead two people and critically injured several others in the town of Siaya, an opposition stronghold in western Kenya, according to witnesses.

Another protester was killed in Kisumu, roughly 50 kilometres east of Siaya, a local official told dpa on condition of anonymity.

Tensions were running high in the capital Nairobi and in towns across the country. Protesters burned tyres and threw stones at security forces, who responded with gunfire and tear gas. Witnesses and local journalists spoke of dozens of protesters being injured in different locations.

Media reports said that police arrested Senator Boni Khalwale, who was leading the protest in Kakamega, not far from the town of Kisumu on the country's border with Uganda.

Elections, scheduled for August 2017, cannot be free and fair under an "incompetent and corrupt" Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, said opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Odinga is one of the key political figures behind the protests and President Uhuru Kenyatta's main rival.

During similar protests a week ago, police used "gruesome violence" to break up demonstrations in the capital, injuring dozens of people, according to the Kenya National Commission of Human Rights.

Last update: Mon, 23/05/2016 - 17:32
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