- One of the deceased was shot dead in the Kondele area by the officers who were engaging the public in running battles as the public pelted them with stones.
- The other one was lynched by a mob at Fanana in Kondele over mugging allegations.
Two people were killed in Kisumu, two nursing serious gunshot injuries as IPOA starts probe.
Two people were killed in Kisumu with two others nursing serious gunshot wounds during the anti-government protest by Azimio on Monday.
One of the deceased was shot dead in the Kondele area by the officers who were engaging the public in running battles as the public pelted them with stones.
The other one was lynched by a mob at Fanana in Kondele over mugging allegations.
Two others are nursing serious injuries after allegedly being shot by police in Kisumu during the Azimio demonstrations.
Kevin Odiwuor, who is admitted at Kisumu County Referral Hospital, was shot in the head in the Nyalenda area while Dennis Ochieng Abwao was shot in the chest at Kisumu Boys roundabout.
Ochieng, who was admitted at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital, still has the bullet lodged in his chest.
This comes as the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) has launched investigations into police brutality in Kisumu.
IPOA officers not allowed to speak to the media confirmed that they have commenced a probe into the killings.
Kisumu county police commander Alphonse Kimanthi said only one case was reported.
"We have not received reports on the two others. We are not aware," he said on the phone on Tuesday.
JOOTRH chief executive officer Dr George Rae said the deceased body had gunshot wounds.
He said the officer while in their Landcruiser brought the body to the hospital morgue and dumped it there.
Rae said the officers did not utter any word and just left after dumping the body.
Rae said the bullet was set to be removed from Ochieng's chest saying it was very technical and doctors are working on it.
Human rights defender Audi Ogada who visited Odiwuor and Ochieng at the hospital called for thorough investigations into the police brutality.
"We have talked with those nursing bullet injuries at the hospital. They have various gunshot wounds," he said.
Ogada at the same time appealed to the youth and organizers of the demonstrations to restrain from acts of violence.
"It is envisaged in the constitution that citizens have the right to picket but that should be peaceably done devoid of the destruction of property," he said.
Ogada, who is the Kisumu City Residents Association chairman, lauded governor Anyango Nyong'o for leading demonstrations out of the City’s CBD to protect against the destruction of property.
He however asked the organizers of demonstrations not to only focus on protecting the property but ensure the locals are secured through peaceful picketing.
Ogada noted with concern the non-organised youths that cause mayhem by erecting illegal roadblocks in the city during the demonstrations.
He also appreciated the police for restraining themselves despite provocation beyond the limit during the protests.
"The officers were very patient having been pushed to the wall but the should restrain from using excessive force," Ogada added.
He pointed out that there were some people who were looting, stealing and mugging people.
Going forward, Ogada said Kisumu leaders, stakeholders and police should hold a meeting to discuss security matters and prevent unnecessary deaths.
Several people were also arrested during the protests.
Locals have picked more than 20 bullet cartridges in various parts of the City.
The demos had earlier in the morning been led by Kisumu County leadership which included Nyong'o and his deputy Mathew Owili, Kisumu Central MP amongst other local leaders.
Before demos started, the governor held roadside addresses where alongside other leaders they urged residents to turn out in numbers.
Kisumu had been peaceful for the better part of the morning before residents later started engaging the police in running battles.
Most busy streets remain deserted as businesses remained closed in the city that is an Opposition stronghold.