At least 37 people were killed in a police crackdown in protests immediately after Kenya’s 8 August election, the country’s human rights watchdog said.
In three days of violence, 35 people died as a result of “excessive use of force by police”, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) has said in a report about the vote.
The dedication to its findings, entitled Mirage at Dusk, reads in part:
“The report is dedicated to the six-month-old baby Samantha Pendo, the seven-year-old Fred Omondi and eight-year-old Stephanie Moraa whose lives were tragically cut short in an electoral protest where they were not even qualified to participate either as voters or candidates.
The life of every Kenyan is sacrosanct. The sanctity of life is protected under Article 26 of our Constitution. No Kenyan should ever lose their life in an election-related conflict.”
Last month, the Supreme Court annulled the presidential vote because of irregularities. The rerun is scheduled for 26 October, although the opposition coalition has threatened to boycott the poll unless the electoral commission makes some staff changes. According the AFP news agency, opposition leader Raila Odinga reiterated at a press conference that he would not take part in a re-run if his demands are not met.
Author: Staff Writer