Kenya police say no live fire was used

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George Kinoti, said only tear gas and water cannons were deployed for crowd control

The National Police Service has denied use of live fire in Thursday’s operations to respond to the unauthorised processions organised by the NASA coalition where five people died.

In a statement National police service spokesperson, George Kinoti, said only tear gas and water cannons were deployed for crowd control.

Kinoti said five people were stoned to death by angry mobs in different incidences after having been caught stealing by enraged crowds.

“No live fire was used; only tear gas and water cannons were deployed for crowd control. We are however aware that sections of the mobs accompanying the NASA convoy, looted property and five (5) persons were killed by stoning in different incidences after having been caught stealing by enraged crowds.”

He said two were stoned along Landhies Road,two next to country bus station and one along Racecourse Road. Kinoti said sadly the incidences occurred before the Police arrived at the various scenes.

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He said all these incidences are under investigation.

“Sadly,these incidences occurred before the Police arrived at the various scenes. All these incidences are under investigation.”

At the same time police refuted claims that a vehicle in the convoy of opposition leader Raila Odinga was shot at by an officer. Police are now calling upon anyone who may have been assaulted or lost property in any way to report to the nearest Police Station for further action.

” We wish to refute claims that a vehicle in the convoy was shot at by an officer and reiterate our position that no live ammunition was used today by any officer.”

Kinoti said police are aware that several innocent Kenyans had their property looted, vandalised or vehicles stoned by the mobs that accompanied the NASA leaders.

” We are aware that several innocent Kenyans had their property looted, vandalised or vehicles stoned by the mobs that accompanied the NASA leaders,or while headed to join the convoys, especially along Mombasa road, Outer Ring Road,Airport North Road, Jogoo Road and Haille Sellasie Road. In this regard therefore, we call upon anyone who may have been assaulted or lost property in any way to report to the nearest Police Station for further action.”

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Meanwhile the National Council of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) has condemned any form of violence, chaotic demonstrations, and lawlessness in the country as witnessed yesterday as NASA supporters clashed with police.

In a statement the National Chairman of NGOs in Kenya, Stephen Cheboi, called on the political leaders to find alternative ways of addressing grievances instead of chaos and unlawful ways of dealing with issues affecting the country.

Cheboi called on the National political leaders led by Raila Odinga and others to reach out to their supporters and appeal to them to always keep peace.

He said the current problems in Kenya that need political solutions should be solved by the political elites through dialogue.  Cheboi said Kenya’s economy and peace have been adversely affected by the prolonged politicking which is now not beneficial to the country.

The council on Thursday said incidents which led to loss of lives and destruction of properties must be condemned by  all Kenyans of goodwill who want to see peace and stability in the nation.

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