Kenya: Too’s Killing Sparks Violence And Panic
The East African Standard (Nairobi)
1 February 2008
Posted to the web 31 January 2008
Two people, including a Sudanese, were shot and five vehicles burnt, as youths protested against the killing of Ainamoi MP, David Kimutai Too.
Unconfirmed reports also indicated that two other people were killed in Eldoret. In Kisumu, a Government ambulance was burnt and a Pajero extensively damaged.
Protesters blocked roads in Eldoret and Kisumu, as police battled to restore calm. Shops and offices in Eldoret were hurriedly closed as General Service Unit officers patrolled the town.
Residents scrambled to leave the town centre, leading to several road accidents.
The two were shot as police pursued protesters who had barricaded roads and attempted to burn houses belonging to a particular community.
The Sudanese, who was identified as Makui Maker, 37, was shot as he stood by the gate of their house, his cousin, Mr Emanuel Sebit, said.
“A police officer who was pursuing demonstrators demanded he (Maker) identifies himself before shooting him at point-blank range,” said Sebit.
They were taken to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital. Mr John Kiptoo said: “Police officers were shooting live bullets indiscriminately. I was lucky to have survived because there was nowhere to hide.”
In Maili Nne, three transit vehicles were set ablaze as youths blocked the Eldoret-Bungoma highway. Matatus on the Eldoret-Bungoma, Eldoret-Kapsabet, Eldoret-Nakuru and Eldoret-Iten routes were withdrawn, leaving commuters stranded.
Chaos also erupted in Kapsabet and Baharini trading centre, where a Government vehicle was set ablaze.
In Kisumu, police fired teargas and shot in the air to disperse arsonists. They battled hundreds of youths who blocked roads and harassed motorists.
The town centre that was bustling with humanity was deserted within 10 minutes. Youths in Nyalenda, Manyatta and Kondele armed themselves with pangas, stones and blocked roads.
Business was also paralysed in Siaya, Oyugis, Kendu Bay, Homa Bay, Rongo and Migori.
Tension also remained high in most parts of Western Province. In Mbale and Chavakali, youths barricaded the Kisumu-Kakamega road with bonfires and stones.
Other areas affected were Bomet, Litein, Sotik, Kaplong, Kapsoit, Chepseon and Sosiot trading centres.