Kenyan police have killed 67 opposition supporters, rights groups say
Rights groups say police in Kenya have killed as many as 67 people across the country since August’s failed presidential election.
Research from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch suggests dozens of people have died since Uhuru Kenyatta was announced the winner of the August 8 poll – a result which was later annulled by the Supreme Court.
Dozens killed since failed election
On Monday, Kenyan police killed a street vendor during an opposition protest as the nation’s political crisis continues to escalate. Last week, the government banned protests in three major city centres as the country’s main opposition group called on its supporters to take to the streets.
The government’s announcement prompted fears that police brutality could feature in future protests. However, investigations from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch reveal that police brutality won’t be an entirely new addition to this year’s election crisis.
The two groups interviewed 151 victims, witnesses and police officers in areas known to be opposition strongholds. According to the reports, police officers have been targeting supporters and raiding homes; shooting and beating dozens of victims to death.
Deadly use of excessive force
“This deadly use of excessive force has become a hallmark of police operations in Kenya and must be decisively stopped before the next election takes place,” said Michelle Kagari, a deputy regional director with Amnesty International.
However, authorities in Kenya have labelled the reports from rights groups as “sensational”.
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