No protester has been killed by police - CS Matiang'i

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 13, 2017

Matiangi told a news conference at Harambee House Saturday that apart from incidences of lawlessness in parts of Kibera, Mathare, and Kisumu, the rest of the country was calm.

He also dismissed claims that the police have been using excessive force.

"Individuals or gangs that a looting shops, that want to endanger lives, breaking into people's businesses; those are not demonstrators, they're criminals", he asserted accompanied his Cabinet colleague Joe Mucheru (ICT), Inspector General of National Police Service Joseph Boinnet, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua and Principal Secretaries Karanja Kibicho (Interior) and Ambassador Monica Juma (Foreign Affairs).

The Coalition for Constitution Implementation Kenya (CCI Kenya) in conjunction with the Coalition for Grassroots Human Rights Defenders Kenya (CGHRD-K) and Bunge la Mwananchi voiced their concerns saying the police should desist from using live bullets. They are all rumours and lies. "There is no need for alarm, the country is safe", he added.

This statement follows reports of killing of at least four people by stray bullets, including a young girl who was hit on a balcony during sporadic gunshots by the police.

Matiangi cautioned some sections of the media for "broadcasting old footage of violence and some from violence outside the countries". He noted that some social media users have been posting messages that border hate speech or deemed inflammatory, further confirming arrest of users misusing the platforms.

"There has been an increase in number of inflammatory and inciting messages on Social Media". Security agencies have been instructed to track and arrest the culprits.

The CS, however, noted that there have been cases of unrest in parts of Mathare and Kibra in Nairobi and parts of Kisumu County with a section of residents protesting the declaration of Uhuru Kenyatta as the victor of the Tuesday, August 8 presidential election.

"Kenyans should revert to their normal lives; security agencies are in place to offer security", he advised.

He won with 8,203,290 votes representing 54.27%, and his rival Raila Odinga garnered over 6.7 million votes representing 44.74%.

Odinga has rejected the results.

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