#ElectionChaos: Kawangware joins list of protesters

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Anti riot police during a past protest. PHOTO: THE STAR

A man is said to have been injured on the morning of Thursday, August 10, after he was shot and injured in the leg as poll protests erupted in Kawangware.

The victim who has since been identified as Johnstone Amango, said he was crossing the road where residents were protesting against the presidential election results being displayed on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) website when he was shot.

“The bullet hit me in the right leg, just below the knee, and came out through the other side,” The Standard quoted Amango who was at the time receiving medical treatment in a nearby clinic.

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The residents complained that General Service Unit (GSU) officers had “├»nvaded” the area using a water cannon and tear gas. “They have been making rounds here since Wednesday. But today, when they noticed that people were congregating in groups, they spraying the air with water cannons,” area resident Stella Moraa said.

In Moraa’s hands was a teary, red-eyed, two-year-old child, who was fighting the effects of the skin-irritating water that was sprayed inside their house.

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“How can they spray the water inside our (residential) plots? I have had to get the child outside for some clean air but it is no better out here,” she wondered.

Police said the aforementioned shooting happened when residents attacked a GSU vehicle that was stuck in a ditch.

“The GSU personnel were defending themselves after the protesters pelted the vehicle with stones. One person was injured but no injuries were reported on the side of police,” said a policeman who was at the scene.

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In Ruaraka, youths stormed a local Administration Police camp demanding to know the circumstances under which two protesters were killed. The group dispersed when police arrived and cordoned off the camp. They were protesting the earlier killing of two youths along Juja Road by anti-riot police.

According to police however, the two were attacking and robbing residents in the name of protesting the poll results.