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  • Updated: March 21, 2023

Kenya: 20 Officers Injured, Vehicles Destroyed During Protest

Kenya: 20 Officers Injured, Vehicles Destroyed During Protes

Police Seen Tear-gassing Protesters In Kenya.

The protest in Kenya over the high cost of living has left 20 officers injured, vehicles destroyed, and shops razed police authorities have said in a statement on Tuesday, March 21, 2023. 

More than ten police vehicles, mostly in Nairobi, were damaged in the clashes that occurred in various locations.

Kithure Kindiki, the Interior Cabinet Secretary, praised police conduct during the protests.

“The National Police Service has done our country proud, despite the day-long provocation by unruly protesters. 

"Kenya must end impunity and apply one Constitution and one set of laws for everyone, for enduring peace and stability of our Nation,” he said.

According to Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome, a senior police officer lost his pistol magazine in the Embakasi melee.

He stated that the matter is being investigated after several officers reported using more than 100 live bullets in the chaos that erupted as police confronted protesters.

In Kisumu, one person was shot and killed, while another was injured in Kibera.

There were also attempts to steal property, particularly in Embakasi, where police were forced to use live ammunition.

The Nairobi area command reported 13 officers injured in Tassia, Fedha, and along Outering Road in a report to police headquarters.

Five others were injured as they confronted the protesters who pelted them with stones on Juja Road.

Another group of about ten officers was hurt on Kibera and Ngong Road.

According to police, the injured were treated and released. One of them had stomach burns from tear gas.

A group took reportedly advantage of the situation and broke into a supermarket in Tassia, stealing an unknown amount of cash, various electronic items, and other supermarket goods.

Another group broke into an alcoholic store and stole various alcoholic beverages.

Police say they apprehended five suspects.

Nairobi police blocked some roads.

Police used tear gas canisters to disperse groups that attempted to congregate in the city.

They had declared the protests illegal despite agitations that police have no authority to allow such processions.

The opposition is protesting the high cost of living, corruption, and electoral injustices.

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