Former Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioner Roselyn Akombe has delved into the Kasarani demonstrations debate, joining ODM leaders in castigating the government for yet again using fatal force in dispersing innocent protestors.
Matatu operators plying the Kasarani-Mwiki route downed their tools on Monday, demanding the immediate intervention of the government in repairing the dilapidated road.
The situation escalated on Wednesday when the transportation crew and a section of residents threatened to block the Thika Superhighway, since for the two days they had been demonstrating no government official, not even area MP Mercy Gakuya, had responded.
Police were forced to engage the enraged protestors in running battles for the better part of Wednesday, using teargas to disperse the charged crowds in futile.
It was then that they resorted to using live ammunition, with at least one person being confirmed dead from the altercation.
Akombe, in a Wednesday night tweet, questioned the government’s genuineness with the controversial building Bridges Intiative (BBI), seeing as to how President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration is bent on killing young people revolting against bad leadership.
”Painful to see the pictures of bullet-ridden bodies of young people, whose only sin is to peacefully protest against bad roads,” Akombe remarked.
Painful to see the pictures of bullet-ridden bodies of young people, whose only sin is to peacefully protest against bad roads. You cannot talk of building bridges when you murder the youth and you extinguish their future. #StandUp4HumanRights #Kasarani @AmnestyKenya @thekhrc
— Dr. Roselyn Akombe (@DrRoselynAkombe) January 15, 2020
”You cannot talk of building bridges when you murder the youth and you extinguish their future,” she added, tagging human rights bodies for further action.
Videos shared on social media show that no one, not even school going children, were spared from the wrath of police who lodged teargas at estates and schools.