Rights lobby report claims 37 killed in October repeat poll

Irene Githinji @gitshee

A new Human Rights Watch (HRM) report says at least 37 people were killed in Nairobi in election-related violence between September and November last year.

The report claims the killings were committed by police and armed gangs. Findings released yesterday show police reportedly killed about 23 people, most of whom were Opposition supporters while armed gangs killed 14 others.

“During the second election, Human Rights Watch documented 37 more killings, most by police, in Nairobi’s Embakasi, Kawangware, Dandora, Mathare, Kibera, Kangemi, Kariobangi, and Riverside neighborhoods. Armed gangs killed some people they identified by tribe as likely Opposition supporters,” read the report.

Lobby now wants the government to urgently investigate the said killings and others documented during the entire election period. HRW Africa researcher Otsieno Namwaya said those responsible for unlawful killings should be held to account, even as the lobby accused government of being slow to investigate documented killings.

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