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Opinion & Analysis

EDITORIAL: Death toll spat shameful

Busia demonstrators picket along the main street as armed police look on. PHOTO | GAITANO PESA | NMG
Busia demonstrators picket along the main street as armed police look on. PHOTO | GAITANO PESA | NMG  

The tit for tat between the National Police Service and human rights groups over the actual death toll during the electioneering period is not helping matters at all.

For one, we have grieving families who are still seeking answers on why and how their kin died.

While the Independent Medical Legal Unit has put the death toll at 36, the police service maintains that the fatalities recorded between the August 8 General Election and October 30  is 19.

The police have also accused the organisation of being sensational and embellishing the figures to taint its image.

There have been varying death toll figures from various human rights organisations and the authorities, which presents a serious challenge to the authorities to ensure that we have structures that can give a proper breakdown of fatalities in such situations.

The  fact remains that some Kenyans lost their lives in the protests called by the opposition and the least we can do is to have proper verification of the actual toll.

The bereaved families need closure while Kenyans need to be told exactly how these people died.

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