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Kidero condemns police response to Cord’s demo

Nairobi  Governor Dr Evans Kidero has condemned Monday’s response by the police to the demonstration held by opposition leaders and their supporters in the city centre.

Dr Kidero said the action of the police was ‘reckless’ and an ‘excessive use of force’.

The police had on Monday used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the demonstration that is aimed at pushing for the disbandment of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Monday’s demonstration was the third in as many weeks but was also the most violent, with bystanders accusing the the protesters of mugging, theft and destruction of property.

Dr Kidero, in a statement, said the police response ‘undermines the gains made by Nairobi as the City to invest, work and live in’.

“This was totally uncalled for, the police are expected to protect wananchi and nothing can justify the physical attacks on peaceful demonstrators who were expressing themselves in a manner allowed by the Kenyan constitution,” Dr Kidero said.

The Governor added that the government must immediately instruct the Police to stop excessive use of force and prosecute officers who used extreme force against protestors.