- While no casualties or incidents were recorded countrywide in the first two months of 2017, the situation changed in March when seven people were injured and one killed
- In May there were two killings, one each in Nyandarua County and Isiolo County
- In Marsabit, four police officers were injured after supporters of Jubilee’s gubernatorial candidate Muhamud Ali and those of the Economic Frontier Party’s candidate, clashed
Election-related violence has ticked up as campaigning enters the homestretch, an investigation by Nation Newsplex reveals.
Newsplex documented 19 incidents of polls-related violence that resulted in 72 casualties and destruction of property including nine deaths and 63 injuries from January to July by monitoring mainstream media.
Nairobi County led with 24 casualties, including 22 injuries and two deaths over the seven-month period. It was followed by Mandera with 12 injuries, Homa Bay and Migori followed with six injuries and one death and Marsabit with seven injuries. Siaya was next with six injuries.
Mathare is one of 10 areas Nairobi Police Commander Japheth Koome described as, a hotspot, or a place where violence is likely. Others hotspots in Nairobi include Ziwani, Landhies Road, Dandora, Makadara, Mowlem Savanna, Globe, Mukuru, Sinai and Umoja. In total, during the seven months, 20 cases or just above quarter of the 75 cases occurred in Mathare
While no casualties or incidents were recorded countrywide in the first two months of 2017, the situation changed in March when seven people were injured and one killed during two separate incidents of violence in Mathare. The man was killed after supporters of Ruaraka MP Tom Kajwang and Nominated senator Elizabeth Ongoro faced off.
In April there were 15 casualties countrywide, almost double the previous month. Twelve people were injured and three died. In Busia, one person died after supporters of Funyula MP Paul Otuoma and Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong clashed in Funyula ahead of Mr Otuoma’s rally in the area.
The second death in April was reported in Lambwe Ward, Homa Bay County, when the late Kennedy Okore, a bodyguard attached to Mbita MP Mille Odhiambo, was run over by a vehicle after violence erupted during ODM nominations at Urianda Primary School.
The third event happened in Pangani, Nairobi whereby a young man was run over by a speeding car as he was running away from angry youths who had stabbed him. The man had been found posting posters of a Starehe MP aspirant.
In May there were two killings, one each in Nyandarua County and Isiolo County. A man was shot dead during protests in Nyandarua County after anti-riot police shot in the air trying to disperse rowdy residents who were protesting the issuance of Jubilee Party clearance certificate for running for the Women Representative position in Kirinyaga County to the incumbent Women Rep Wanjiku Muhia.
Another person was shot dead during a peaceful political procession in Isiolo County after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee rally.
There was also a decline in activities across the political divide in May, attributed to the uncertainties around the credibility of the primaries and the issuing of clearance certificates to candidates.
Casualties leaped to 10 including two deaths in June. The deaths in June occurred in Bungoma and Migori counties. In Bungoma, a businesswoman identified in media reports as Alice Khaemba, was shot dead as police opened fire to disperse rowdy supporters of Jubilee’s gubernatorial candidate Ken Lusaka and Ford Kenya’s Wycliffe Wangamati. In Migori, a man identified as Odhiambo Kangilo was stabbed to death as supporters of Awendo MP Jared K’Opiyo and ODM Candidate Walter Owino clashed.
In July, there were 37 casualties countrywide election related violence, the most of the seven month period. Twelve people were reported injured in Mathare when two rival groups clashed after a court ruling that ordered ODM to conduct fresh primaries for the MCA seat in Utalii Ward. A report from Ghetto Radio indicated that landlords were giving eviction notices to tenants of a certain tribe that was not named.