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Kisumu police boss, under whose watch a protester was shot dead, gets promotion

Kisumu County police commander Nelson Njiri has been promoted, one week after a protester was shot dead under his watch in the lake-side city. The protester, Fredrick Otieno, was shot dead during last Monday’s demonstrations calling for the removal of IEBC commissioners.

By Waithera Murugiswaithera@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 31 May 2016 09:33 EAT

Kisumu County police commander Nelson Njiri has been promoted, one week after a protester was shot dead under his watch in the lake-side city. The protester, Fredrick Otieno, was shot dead during last Monday’s demonstrations calling for the removal of IEBC commissioners.

The police denied shooting Otieno, instead claiming that the deceased fell after he was hit by a blunt object. The denials were slammed by an autopsy which showed that Otieno died after being shot in the head.

Njiri has been moved to the Kenya Airports Authority as the General Manager in charge of security. He replaces Eric Kiraithe, who is now the national government spokesman. Taking Njiri’s place in Kisumu is current Mwea East OCPD Titus Yoma, while Athi River OCPD Kizito Mutoro is being transferred to Mwea East in the same capacity.

The changes were announced by the police headquarters, which said the changes were made prior to the Kisumu protest. 

Waithera is a staff writer at the Kenya Free Press.





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