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UN calls for probe into police killings during protests

The United Nations Human Rights Office has raised concerns about widespread use of police violence during protests in Kenya that cost the lives of 23 people and injuries to dozens.

Kenyans turned to TikTok to cover anti-government protests following the censorship of live TV coverage. Videos of police in unmarked cars shooting at protesters have emerged in the social space indicating the government has been responsible for the deaths during the protests.

Geneva issued a statement calling for thorough, independent and transparent investigations into the deaths and injuries.

“Those responsible must be held to account. Effective measures to prevent further deaths and injuries must be adopted,” UN said.

The UN body called on Kenyan authorities to ensure the right to peaceful assembly as guaranteed by the Kenyan Constitution and international human rights law during the protests slated for next week.

Azimio la Umoja coalition has called for three days of protest from Wednesday next week even as President William Ruto vowed stop the protests. 

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