Protests erupted in Githurai for the better part of Thursday morning following the alleged death of a man in the hands of police.
Residents block roads, burn tires
Irate area residents took to the streets and blocked traffic along the Thika Superhighway, protesting the killings.
The protesters burnt tyres and used rocks to block the road as they expressed their outrage at the police.
Police used teargass to disperse the crowds. However, the crowds regathered, with Githurai remaining a no-go zone for much of the day. Motorists are advised to seek alternative routes.
Discovery of dead body
According to sources, the residents took to the streets after the discovery of a body of a young man who had disappeared a few days ago.
The residents explained their fear of police brutality, claiming that extrajudicial killing by police in the area was rampant.
This comes as news spread on social media of four men in plain clothes picking a 23-year-old man from Githurai Roundabout on Wednesday.
According to Uhai Wetu, the men in plain clothes were suspected to be police from Kasarani Police Station. This has raised fear of continued police brutality even after police IG promised reforms.
Police brutality at an all-time high
Kenya this year witnessed enhanced police brutality as the security apparatus enforced the dusk to dawn curfew.
According to a Report by the Police Oversight Authority in June 2020, the Kenya police had killed at least 15 people, while injuring at least 31 others.
Among those killed in the curfew chaos was 13-year-old, Yassin Moyo. Police shot Moyo while he was at his balcony as they forced people into their homes.
However, IPOA data could be due to undereporting. Human Rights Watch stating that at least 16 people die in the hands of Kenya police every other month.