A pastor at the SDA church Kawangware told Nation GSU officers battling protesters in the area had hurled three teargas canisters inside the church during yesterday’s service.
“It was about 11 am as I was preparing to start my service; I saw these GSU officers chasing people from Kawangware 56. I immediately told the members to shut the front door. As one of them was passing by, he heard our members singing and peeped inside, broke the glass window using his rungu and hurled three teargas canisters inside the church. Luckily, there were no serious injuries,” the pastor told Nation.
At Mbagathi mortuary, a source who sought anonymity said he saw some bodies with bullet wounds brought in on Friday night. But security officers and an attendant at the facility yesterday denied the Sunday Nation entry, adding that no body had been taken to the facility.
At Kenyatta National Hospital Accidents and Emergency area, there were at least nine casualties nursing various bullet wounds awaiting admission.
They were brought by Kenya Red Cross ambulances and a prisons ambulance and nurses who spoke in confidence said the victims were among those brought from Dandora, Kibera, Kayole, Babadogo and Mathare in Nairobi. Others were said to have been admitted with others taken to the theatre. Security officials stopped our reporters from talking to the victims.
In various city estates, police fired in the air and lobbed tear gas canisters to disperse protesters.
In Nairobi’s Mathare Area 3, Red Cross team leader Joe Mbalu said they attended to 23 people, most of who suffered “soft tissue injuries and broken bones”.
“For now, we do not have an exact figure. About three people have spinal injuries. Many have broken bones and soft tissue injuries. We had two epileptic cases. There are others who had respiratory problems and that can be explained by the tear gas,” he said.
In Kisumu, at least three people died and scores were injured. The three were shot on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon as police officers tried to quell demonstrations. Police said one of the victims died in Maseno while two were killed in Nyalenda slums. Security bosses fought back claims that at least 21 people were killed.
NO LIVE BULLETS
Nyanza Regional Commissioner Wilson Njega said police did not kill anybody since they did not use live bullets.
“I am not aware of any incident where police officers have used bullets. No live ammunition has been used so far,” he told the Sunday Nation.
The police in Kisumu also used air patrols to contain the youths in Nyalenda, Obunga, Manyatta, Kondele and Nyamasaria areas.
The officers, who have been engaging the rowdy youths in running battles for the third day, occasionally took long breaks from the scorching sun.
At the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kisumu, a patient said she was shot while washing utensils outside her house.
CALLED RED CROSS
Mr Michael Odhiambo, another victim, said: “After I was shot, I struggled to get home before my neighbours called the Red Cross ambulance who brought me to the hospital.”
In another ward at the hospital, five men were nursing various injuries. One man had a bandaged thigh and claimed he was shot. Next to him was a man nursing a neck injury. He, too, said he was shot. The protests have been widespread in Nyanza region, the perceived opposition Nasa stronghold whose candidate Raila odinga rejected the results.
At Ahero, a township on the Kisumu-Nairobi highway, Mr Njega said 25 kiosks were torched by angry protesters while a bus was set on fire in Kisumu West, adding to the pile of losses businesspeople have experienced since election day.
In Migori, Mr Victor Omondi, 30, and Mr Erick Owino, 29, were reported to have sustained gunshot wounds. An administrator at Oruba Hospital, Mr Mike Ochere, said the two were out of danger.
In Nairobi, politicians allied to the Nasa coalition accused police of brutality. They included Senators-elect George Khaniri (Vihiga) and Fred Outa (Kisumu), and MPs-elect Otiende Amollo (Rarieda), Ken Okoth (Kibra), George Aladwa (Makadara), Ms Gladys Wanga (Homabay), Peter Kaluma (Homabay Town) and former nominated MP Oburu Odinga, who urged the government to refrain from using excessive force and respect the rights of Kenyans.
“The right to assemble in a peaceful demonstration is provided for in the constitution and, as we speak, it has not been suspended. Those who are displeased have a right to show it as long as they are not armed,” Mr Amollo said yesterday at the city’s Ngong Hills hotel.
Mr Matiangi, the acting Interior Cabinet Secretary, however, denied the claims.
According to Mr Amollo, among the areas targeted by the police brutality include Kibra, Kawangware and Mathare informal settlements in Nairobi, and Nyanza region – Kisumu, Homabay, Siaya, Kisii and Nyamira.
A planned tour of the MPs to Kibra to urge their supporters to maintain calm aborted after the police lobbed their convoy with tears gas canisters.
Reports By Fred Mukinda, David Mwere, Silas Apollo, Collins Omulo, Elisha Otieno, Winnie Atieno , Sam Kiplagat, Faith Nyamai And Tom Oruko