President Uhuru Kenyatta has been given four orders by Amnesty International following the Supreme Court ruling validating his victory
In a statement on Monday evening, Amnesty International Kenyan branch Director Justus Nyang’aya asked President Kenyatta to immediately de-escalate tensions between various Kenyan communities.
Nyang’aya further instructed President Kenyatta to prioritise Kenyans and protect their rights as enshrined in the Constitution.
He also directed the Head of State to ensure justice and accountability for dozens of Kenyans killed or injured as a result of alleged excessive force used by police to counter riots.
The official also stated that the government must protect people and ensure their safety during protests.
[caption caption="Amnesty International Director Country Director Justus Nyang’aya"][/caption]
Nyang’aya noted that they had confirmed that six people were killed in Nairobi a day before the Supreme Court issued a ruling that upheld President Kenyatta’s victory.
"If Uhuru is to succeed in healing the divisions generated by the polls, he must also ensure justice and accountability for the dozens of Kenyans killed or injured in the violence and as a result of excessive use of force by police that has marred this year’s election cycle," Nyang’aya stated.
"While police have a duty to maintain order, protesters must be allowed to freely and peacefully express themselves without fear of being shot at or harmed by the police," he added.
This comes after Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet confirmed that five people were killed by stoning during the National Super Alliance (NASA) procession that took place on Friday.
On Monday, two people were shot dead in Migori County and Kibra in Nairobi as protesters engaged police officers in running battles following the Supreme Court ruling.
[caption caption="Vehicle set ablaze in Kisumu following Supreme Court ruling"][/caption]
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