IPOA Launches Probe Into Killing Of Maseno University Student During Opposition’s Protests

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Kenya’s Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) is investigating two incidents of police brutality that led to the deaths of one person during anti-government Protests on Monday.

In a statement, IPOA chair Anne Makori said the authority is investigating the death of a university student shot dead by police in Kenya’s city of Kisumu.

The Maseno University student was part of a group of students who joined the opposition mass protests. William Mayange, an Education student, was pronounced dead moments after he was rushed to the Hospital with a bullet wound on his neck.

The incident occurred just after 5 p.m. on Monday, March 20, as university students engaged the police in running battles.

IPOA is also probing an incident in which a civilian was seriously injured in Toi Market, Nairobi.

“The Authority has since launched investigations into the incidents and is also on standby to take up investigations for any incidents that may arise in the interim,” read the statement in part.

IPOA said some security officers were injured and property destroyed during the demonstrations.

“IPOA strongly condemns the provocation witnessed from both the members of the public and politicians and calls upon them to abide by the law in exercising their constitutional right to demonstrate, in particular the Public Order Act, Penal Code and all other laws relevant to public order management,” the statement read further.

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