Blame police for Monday violence Azimio MPs say

The legislators of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party have accused the police of inciting violence during Monday’s mass action. They claimed that their supporters were peaceful until the police intervened.

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party Secretary General, Edwin Sifuna, stated, “Yesterday’s protests were peaceful in their planning and execution until the police interfered.”

Sifuna went on to add, “We encouraged our supporters to show up unarmed, but yet we were still confronted with tear gas and rubber bullets.”

The Inspector General of Police, Japhet Koome, had earlier stated that the police were forced to use force during Monday’s demonstrations to prevent the protesters from accessing the Central Business Districts of Nairobi and Kisumu.

The police were successful in their efforts, resulting in the arrest of 25 people, seven officers injured in Nyanza, ten police vehicles damaged, and 24 officers injured in Nairobi, while 213 people were arrested.

Koome commended the police, stating, “Our officers executed their national security mandate professionally; upholding the rule of law and utmost respect for human rights.”

Suna East MP, Junet Mohamed, stated that it is up to the police to determine whether the protests will be peaceful or not. “It is only the police who can decide whether protests will be peaceful or violent,” he said.

Sifuna added that the coalition is working to identify individual officers involved in causing the violence and will refer them to the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA).

Meanwhile, the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party wants the Azimio la Umoja coalition to be held accountable for the damages caused during the Monday protests in the country. UDA leaders want Azimio to be fully accountable for the injuries, loss, and damages occasioned by the protesters.

National Assembly Leader of Majority, Kimani Ichung’wah, has questioned the intention behind the protests, stating that they were meant to deviate from actual issues affecting Kenyans.

“The violence, chaos, looting, and destruction are also aimed at distracting the country from investigating the shameless siphoning of public funds, crimes against humanity perpetuated through extra-judicial killings and forced disappearances, abuse of office, and state capture. They will fail, and the truth will be known,” Ichung’wah said in a statement.

“If the government determines that Odinga is not above the law, then it must activate all appropriate mechanisms to bring him to accountability without further delay. Justice must be done.”

Senate Majority Leader Aaron Cheruiyot commended the police for managing the crowds. “We want those looters captured on camera, and the leaders who accompanied them in the protest arrested right now and brought to book,” Cheruiyot said.

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