At least 39 people have died and 361 injured since the onset of anti-finance bill protests in the country, according to the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR).

In its latest data, the commission indicates that Nairobi recorded the highest number of deaths at 17, followed by Uasin Gishu (4), Nakuru (3), Mombasa (3), while Kisumu had 2.

Kisii, Siaya, Kiambu, Kakamega, Nandi, Narok, Laikipia reported one death each.

Additionally, KNCHR has documented 32 cases of enforced disappearances and 627 arrests of protestors.

“Many others remain in hiding, fearing for their safety amidst threats from unidentified individuals,” said KNCHR Chairperson Roseline Odede.

Odede condemned excessive use of force against protestors, as well as attacks on medical personnel, lawyers, journalists, and sanctuaries such as churches and medical emergency centers.

While acknowledging the destruction of government structures such as the Parliament buildings, KNCHR urged protestors to conduct themselves within the confines of the law while exercising their rights.

The human rights body further cited wanton destruction of property linked to politicians in Molo, Eldoret, Nyeri, Kiambu, and Embu.

“Over the weekend we documented instances of open hostility, threats of violence and actual violence meted on politicians by the public. This is unacceptable, rights have obligations and we urge restraint, respect for the rule of law by all and non-violation of the rights of others,” said Odede.

The commission reiterated that the deployment of Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) must adhere strictly to legal frameworks that uphold human rights, democracy, and other fundamental freedoms.


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