“KNCHR Stands Firm: Records 24 Deaths Amid Dispute with President Ruto Over Protest Figures”

 The chairperson of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights Roseline Odede,  has insisted that the organization recorded 24 deaths during the anti-Finance Bill protests.

In a statement ,K-N-C-H-R  responded to President William Ruto’s doubts about the figures reported since the protests began on June 18.

In response, Odede explained that K-N-C-H-R was yet to issue any statement regarding Githurai citing insufficient information.

“As of our latest data, we documented 22 deaths by Wednesday, the date of our initial statement. Since then, the number has risen to 24,” she explained.

“We have not issued any statement specifically on the Githurai massacre. During our recent press conference, we acknowledged insufficient information and are currently verifying events in Githurai, Rongai, Migori, Nakuru, and other areas across the country.”

In a televised interview at State House, on Sunday President Ruto noted that his authorities estimated the number of fatalities to be 19. He also accused K-N-C-H-R of fabricating figures regarding police actions in Githurai on Tuesday last week.

Ruto maintained that only one person had been shot, dismissing claims of a massacre in the populous estate along Thika Road.

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