Orengo now warns Matiangi, Boinnet over unjustified killings in Luo Nyanza
Siaya County Senator James Orengo has warned acting internal security and Coordination of National Government Cabinet secretary Fred Matiangi and Inspector General of police Joseph Boinnet over the continuous use of excessive force on protestors in Kisumu county and the NASA strongholds.
Yesterday, tens of thousands of Kenyans took to the streets in most of the major towns in Kenya, including Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Kakamega, Kisii, Voi, Kitui, Busia, Garissa, Wajir, Mandera, among others.
‘In Luo Nyanza in particular, there is a clear policy of ethnic targeting being implemented with brute force. There is a determination to turn Luo land into the Biafra or Kosovo of Kenya. The sole purpose of these actions is to help Uhuru Kenyatta and Jubilee keep power at all costs. We warn that this country will pay heavily for these policies if they are not stopped now,’
warned Senator Orengo.
In Siaya county, three were killed in Bondo Town as police shot three unarmed men at close range without justification. Police from the region are still struggling to find a rationale for the killings. One senior officer said the three were shot while trying to invade a police station. Another said they were looting a shop. Yet another said they attacked a police officer in the course of the protests.
However, NASA supporters privy to the happenings have said none of these theories advanced by the police are true.
‘We are appealing to the Independent Police Oversight Authority and credible human rights organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Kenya Human Rights Commission, IMLU and indeed any other with the investigative capacity to move to Bondo quickly and get the facts on how these innocent Kenyans were killed,’
said Senator Orengo
In Kisumu, more than two dozen people were hospitalized with conditions ranging from serious gunshot wounds to extreme teargas intoxication. Among the hospitalized were over 20 pupils of the Mount Carmel Academy in Nyalenda, whose school was invaded by policemen who threw teargas canisters at the pupils in the middle of a lesson.
In Homa Bay and Migori towns, the police opened fire on demonstrators, wounding several. A number of survivors are currently in hospital. The NASA leader added that in addition to killings and maiming, the police were also engaged in a systematic plot of looting and destruction of property. Mr. Orengo further questioned why a police officer in Kisumu was photographed armed with a panga.
‘We have also learnt of growing police intimidation against our organizers and even the media. In Kisumu yesterday, the police tried to block media access to their operation zone. We have been informed that a senior GSU officer from the County Commander’s office threatened a Star newspaper journalist who was following the protests along with other reporters. In Vihiga County, officers commanding two police stations have given direct warnings to three NASA activists that they would face unspecified consequences for leading demonstrations. Similar warnings have been given to our organisers in Machakos, Eldoret, Maralal, Isiolo and Narok.
Our observation of the situation is that the illegal ban announced by Matinagi last week is already being piloted throughout the country,’
He added that the State appears to have unveiled a policy of profiling supporters of NASA and other protesters.
‘This policy is being executed by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi and Inspector General of Police Mr. Joseph Boinet. Boinet, in his role as Inspector General of National Police Service, and Matiangi, as CS for Interior have authorised the use of excessive and lethal force in attacks against NASA supporters. They have also authorized the use of militia and killer gangs to harm and kill NASA supporters. We have seen police officers armed with daggers and guns,’
Senator Orengo has reiterated that NASA countrywide protests continue from Monday and will go on every day.
‘If the brutality against our people continues, we will not sit back and see our people being butchered. We will take actions that will ensure the self-defense of our people against a marauding State. And we warn Uhuru Kenyatta to be aware that he is steadily driving the country towards the end of Kenya as we know it. He and his officers must be preared to shoulder the consequences,’
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