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Five reportedly shot dead in anti-poll demos

At least five people were shot dead in Kisumu, Homa Bay and Athi River when National Super Alliance (Nasa) supporters who tried to block the repeat presidential election engaged police in running battles.

In Nyanza, a middle aged man and a 14-year-old pupil who were shot on their torso and neck respectively died on arrival at the Jaramogi Teaching and Referral Hospital and Homa Bay District Hospital respectively.

Another protester was shot dead in Seme area where police clashed with demonstrators. In Athi River, two people died while several others reportedly sustained bullet injuries during anti-election protests.

Eyewitnesses said the two, a 13-year-old Form Two boy and a middle aged man were separately shot dead when demonstrators engaged police in running battles at Makadara Shopping centre. “The violence erupted at Athi River’s Bunge La Mwananchi when a contingent of anti-riot police officers arrived in two trucks and confiscated tyres that were lying a few metres away,” said a resident.

Police, however, said more than 100 youth armed with stones and slings attempted to storm Mavoko Social Hall, Imani ECD Centre and Athi River Primary School polling stations prompting security agents’ intervention.

Mildred Ludenyi, 34, was also reportedly shot in the leg while closing a gate in Embakasi Estate and rushed to Kitengela Medical Hospital in Kajiado county. Another man was also reportedly shot in the stomach and rushed to Shalom Community Hospital in Athi River.

The demonstrators blocked the Athi River-Makadara road with stones and burnt tyres as police engaged them in running battles. In the Kisumu incident, the deceased identified as George Odhiambo was shot at Mamboleo area when the police engaged the protesters who had barricaded the main Kisumu- Kakamega highway.

In Homa Bay county, Titus Caltex Ngudi said a pupil at a local private school in Sindo town was shot at his home. Thirty seven people have also been admitted at Jaramogi Teaching and Referral Hospital and Homa Bay Hospital with gunshot wounds.

Elsewhere, Homa Bay police arrested seven youths who were reportedly planning to attack the home of former Kabondo Kasipul MP Silvance Osele.

The youths who reportedly had crude weapons were arrested yesterday as they were being transported in a vehicle to attack the MP, who they accused of marking ballot papers in favour of Jubilee party. County police commander Marius Tum said they got intelligence reports from members of the public on the planned attack. The police boss added that the suspects will be taken to court.

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