Kisumu's Central Business District was gripped with tension after police officers allegedly shot three people in pursuit of a matatu driver who had defied orders to stop at a roadblock.
Witnesses reported that curious Jua Kali artisans clashed with the police when the fleeing driver approached Jua Kali area, leading to live rounds being fired.
Among those injured in the Tuesday morning incident were a woman on her way to work and two men.
Jack Hussein, the chairman of Jua Kali, accused the police of using excessive force, stating that innocent civilians' lives were at risk.
“We were not part of what was happening between the police and the Matatu driver. They came to our area of work,” said Hussein.
He said that the police officers should have summoned the Sacco the vehicle belonged to instead of risking the lives of innocent civilians.
Protests began around 11am on May 9, as youths gathered at Central Police Station to demonstrate against the shooting.
Some of the demonstrators tried to set fire to a police vehicle, while others threw stones at the police station and destroyed windows. Police officers used tear gas to disperse the angry protesters.
Kisumu Resident's Voice chairperson and activist, Audi Ogada, said that they had identified two of the victims who were shot and hospitalised at Kisumu County referral hospital.
County Police Commander Alphonse Peters stated that they have launched an investigation into the incident.