Kenya: University student dies during Raila Protest over high cost of living

A Kenyan student has died during a protest by opposition leader Raila Odinga over high commodity prices

A riot police officer fires tear gas to disperse supporters of Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga of the Azimio La Umoja (Declaration of Unity) One Kenya Alliance, as they participate in a nationwide protest over the cost of living and President William Ruto’s government in downtown Nairobi, Kenya March 20, 2023. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Kenyan police have tear-gassed opposition leader Raila Odinga’s convoy in the capital, Nairobi, as he spearheaded the biggest protest against President William Ruto’s government since it took office.

Running battles have taken place on the main Kenyatta Avenue between police and demonstrators, some of whom are throwing stones at the security officers.

The university student died after being shot in the neck by police in the Maseno area of the city, Kenyan media reports.

Police said demonstrators threw stones and injured six officers, prompting security forces to fire live bullets.





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