At least two people were shot dead in Narok County Monday when thousands of residents attempted to storm Governor Samuel Tunai’s office and evict him.
Eight people were injured, including Narok OCPD Paul Letting and one other policeman, as the mob tried to force its way into county government offices.
Medics at the Narok County Referral Hospital said two patients sustained serious gunshot wounds, while the other six had soft tissue injuries.
“One of the two with serious bullet wounds is at the theatre in a critical condition,” said a hospital source who declined to be named.
Narok Senator Stephen ole Ntutu led the protest with Members of Parliament Moitalel Kenta (Narok North), Korei Lemein (Narok South), Patrick Ntutu (Narok West) and Johanna Ngeno (Emmurua Dikkirr).
After gathering at a staging area near a Total petrol station, the protesters marched about 7km to the county head offices, chanting anti-Tunai songs.
They met a contingent of about 500 police officers, backed by aerial surveillance from a Kenya Forest Service helicopter, waiting for them.
On being told Mr Tunai was not available to receive the petition, they staged a sit-in for about one hour before attempting to force their way in. They were dispersed by anti-riot police personnel using tear gas and live bullets, only to regroup and start pelting police with stones and other crude weapons.
Narok North OCPD Paul Letting sustained serious head injuries after being struck by a rock and was rushed to hospital for treatment.
The incident follows three months of strife between Mr Tunai and a section of leaders who wanted him out of office over claims of mismanaging the county.
The attempted eviction came at the end of a two-week ultimatum to resign or be forced out.