IPOA investigating shooting of protestor

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Civilian police officers arrest an activist who was protesting along Parliament Road over the Finance Bill 2024. [Boniface Okendo, Standard]

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) has begun investigations into the death of a protestor who was allegedly shoton Thursday, June 20 during the mass protest against the proposed Finance Bill 2024.

IPOA chairperson Anne Makori revealed that they have already made contact with the family of Rex Masai, to aid in the investigations.

"The Authority has documented the death of Rex Kanyike Masai, 19, allegedly as a result of police shooting and several serious injuries suffered by other demonstrators including police officers," Makori said in a statement. 

At the same time, the Authority has commended protestors for holding peaceful demonstrations while unarmed. It has also lauded the National Police Service for what it terms as visible restraint unlike in previous demonstrations.

"IPOA calls for continued restraint by the police and calls on members of the public to be peaceful and conduct themselves within the confines of the law," Makori added.

According to a now aerial video, Masai was shot at about 7pm along Moi Avenue, Nairobi yesterday, where a group of protesters had gathered after being pushed by police from parts of Kenyatta Avenue, City Hall Way.

More than 300 unarmed protesters were arrested this week during protests, a majority of whom have since been freed.

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