Police shot and killed three people during clashes with residents in Lessos (Nandi county) after a motorbike taxi driver (known locally as boda bodas) was arrested for breaching coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions on Thursday, June 25. Locals remonstrated with police as they made the arrest and one person was shot in the melee. This sparked further protests by residents, who stormed the local police station and burnt down the house of the commanding officer. The police responded with further shots, killing two more people and wounding at least five others. The Kenyan police chief has stated that an inquiry will be launched into the death of the residents.
Further unrest is possible in Lessos in the coming days.
Kenyan police have been accused of killing at least 15 people while enforcing COVID-19 restrictions. On Tuesday, June 23, a police officer was charged with murdering a 13-year-old boy who was stood on his balcony watching police enforce an overnight curfew.
Individuals in Kenya are advised to monitor developments, avoid demonstrations, anticipate a heightened security presence near protest sites, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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