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March 24, 2018

DPP orders inquest into death of two in Kisumu after Uhuru declared 2013 winner

A man shot by police is helped onto a motorcycle by good Samaritans during a past demonstration by residents of Kondele in Kisumu./ FILE
A man shot by police is helped onto a motorcycle by good Samaritans during a past demonstration by residents of Kondele in Kisumu./ FILE

Keriako Tobiko has ordered an inquest into the killing of two people by police during protests in Kisumu after Uhuru Kenyatta was declared winner of the 2013 poll.

The DPP directed the matter be disposed of and placed before a Magistrate for hearing and determination of culpability.

He acted recommendations of the Independent Policing Oversight Authority that investigated the killings.

IPOA said chaos erupted in Kisumu and its environs after the opposition petitioned results of the March 4, 2013 general election.

The authority said police who responded to the violence were believed to have shot Joseph Ochieng and Eric Ndia while dispersing crowds.

Communications officer Dennis Oketch said the officers were drawn from the General Service Unit, Administration Police Service, Kenya Police Service and the Dog Unit.

Oketch said in a statement on Wednesday that theprobe revealed police used indiscriminate force on people who did not take part in the riots.

Post mortem examinations revealet Ndia died from gunshots to his abdomen and Ochieng' after acute hemorrhage due to a gunshot wound to his left thigh, that severed his femoral artery.

Ochieng, who was a carpenter, was reportedly killed when police officers stormed Kibuye market and randomly shot and lobbed tear gas canisters at people who had sought refuge there.

IPOA's investigations found 21 gunshot victims, many with broken ribs and soft tissue injuries.

Read: Police probe Kisumu violence, arrest 14

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