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January 19, 2018

Three shot as police clash with hawkers in Eldoret

Residents outside a shop where Mercy Sitienei was shot during the chaos in Eldoret
Residents outside a shop where Mercy Sitienei was shot during the chaos in Eldoret

At least six people have been injured in Eldoret during confrontations between police and hawkers.

The protests erupted when police tried to evict the hawkers from the streets. Three of the injured had gunshot wounds.

They have been admitted to the Moi Referral hospital.

Read: Police evict hawkers from Eldoret town CBD

Mercy Sitienei, an Mpesa Shop attendant was shot on her thigh.

The Uasin Gishu county mobilized police and county askaris to carry out the eviction but the hawkers refused to vacate leading to a confrontation.

County Security advisor Paul Ruto said the hawkers had refused to use a new market put up for them and were instead operating in the town CBD.

"We have talked to them to use the market that the county put up for them but they have been unwilling and operating on the streets against county regulations", said Ruto.

The hackers have been operating on the streets since last December but the county wants them to keep off from the streets.

John Njenga who is a crusader for the rights of street children in the town witnessed the chaos and said the county askaris and police used excessive force during the incident.

"They came abruptly and shot carelessly injuring so many people," Njenga said.

One of the hawkers claimed that he had been beaten on his private parts.


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