Kenyan Rights Group Refutes President’s Accusation of Misinformation

By on July 1, 2024

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) has dismissed claims by President William Ruto that it gave misleading information to the public about reported killings in Githurai 45 in central Kiambu County on 25 June, privately-owned Citizen Digital news website reported on 1 July.

“We the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights have not issued any statement on Githurai. We are still in the process of confirming the happenings in Githurai, Rongai, Migori, Nakuru, and other parts of the country,” KNCHR chairperson Roseline Odede said in a statement.

“From data in our possession, we had reports of 22 deaths arising from the protests, as of Wednesday when we made our last statement, and that is what we reported.”

Odede added that the commission confirmed 24 deaths since the protests began on 18 June.

On 30 June, President William Ruto accused the rights watchdog of falsely reporting that 20 people were killed, maintaining that only 19 people had been killed since protests began against a controversial Finance Bill that has since been withdrawn.

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