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We are not responsible for yesterday's deaths, police spokesman says
By Wambui Mbuthia | Updated Nov 18, 2017 at 09:26 EAT
A supporter catching a tear gas cannister
  • Police spokesman says that they are not responsible for he death of five NASA supporters who did during the Raila's welcome back march.
  • He says the five were stoned by the public after being caught in incidents of looting, vandalising and stealing of property.
  • He regrets the fact that the police did not get to those incidents on time.

Police spokesman George Kinoti issued a statement that defends the police from taking blame of the five deaths that occurred as National Super Alliance (NASA) supporters welcomed leader Raila back.

His statement comes after NASA supporters accused police of using live ammunition during the march. The most affected areas were Mombasa Road, Outer Ring Road, Airport North Road, Jogoo Road and Haille Sellasie Road.

The five died as the march that took place from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to Upper hill turned chaotic.

Many supporters went to JKIA early on November 17 to await Raila’s landing and engaged police in battles when they were prevented from getting in.

Mr. Kinoti says that those who died were victims of stoning which came from looting ad stealing from the public. Two of them were stoned along Landhies Road, two next to Country bus station and one along Racecourse road.

He said that no live bullets were used on supporters and that it was sad that the police got to those scenes long after the mob had shared their justice. He assured Kenyans that those incidents were all under investigation.

In the statement, Mr. Kinoti called upon members of the public whose property was destroyed, vandalized or stoned and those who were assaulted to report to the police. 

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