NAIROBI, Kenya – Witnesses say two people were killed by police in the western Kenyan town of Kisumu during protests calling for the disbandment of the national electoral commission over allegations of bias and corruption.
The protests resumed Monday after attempts to start negotiations between the government and the opposition on how to reform the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission failed. Police had initially barred the demonstrations, but a court ruled that the constitution allows picketing and ordered police to provide the protesters with security.
Opposition leaders Monday led peaceful demonstrations in the capital, Nairobi, but police in Kisumu tear-gassed demonstrators who responded by throwing stones.
A witness, Gerald Owino, said police shot dead two protesters. Another witness, Edwin Opiyo, said the body of one person shot dead was still on the road.