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In Summary
In Kisumu, huge bonfires were set up in Kondele and Kibuye estates, in an attempt to keep off anti-riot police.
In the Migori protests, roads were blocked with boulders and burning tyres in effect interruption traffic.
The main bridge linking Kenya and Tanzania was also blocked by burning makeshift kiosks.
Businesses along Oginga Odinga Street were closed due to fear of looting by the demonstrators.

By NATION TEAM

A man has been confirmed dead while five others are fighting for their lives at a Kisumu hospital with gunshot wounds, after protesters clashed with police in the lakeside town.

The five have been admitted to Kisumu County Hospital.

A senior administrator at the hospital said the deceased had a gunshot wound in the chest.

His body was taken to the Kisumu County Hospital mortuary.

Businesses were closed as police battled with the protesting youths, who had blocked key roads.

And unlike in previous protests, the youths concentrated their activities in Manyatta, Obunga and Nyalenda estates.

Transport along the Kisumu-Kakamega highway was paralysed in the morning after youths protesting against the electoral commission blocked the road at Kibuye.

Similar incidents were witnessed in Migori County, where youths blocked all major roads in Migori Town and lit bonfires in protests against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

In Kisumu, huge bonfires were set up in Kondele and Kibuye estates, in an attempt to keep off anti-riot police.

Supermarkets and schools remained closed ahead of the protests.

The protesters were defying an order by the police declaring the demos illegal.

Youths block a road in Migori using burning

Youths block a road in Migori using burning tyres and rocks on June 6, 2016 in anti-IEBC protests. PHOTO | ELISHA OTIENO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

MIGORI PROTESTS

In the Migori protests, roads were blocked with boulders and burning tyres, interrupting the flow of traffic.

Matatus and private cars were kept off the roads as their owners feared they could be torched by the demonstrators, who poured into the streets from as early as 6am.

Shops, offices and banks were closed as security officers watched the protests from a distance.

All pedestrians using the affected roads were forced to carry green twigs in order to be allowed to pass through the roadblocks mounted by the protesters.

The Migori open-air market, just like the main streets, remained deserted.

Roads leading to the county government headquarters were blocked, with many county and national government workers opting to remain at home.

A woman carries a boulder as anti-IEBC

A woman carries a boulder as anti-IEBC protesters block a road in Kisumu on June 6, 2016. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

BRIDGE TO TANZANIA BLOCKED

The main bridge linking Kenya and Tanzania was also blocked by burning makeshift kiosks, a move that paralysed transportation of goods between the two countries.

Curiously, there were no confrontations between the police and protesters in the early morning.

Migori County Police Commander David Kirui was still holed up in a meeting with top security chiefs as they planned how to contain the situation.

Similar protests were also reported in Rongo and Awendo towns.

Protesters use rocks to block a road during

Protesters use rocks to block a road during anti-IEBC demos by Cord supporters in Kisumu on June 6, 2016. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

PUPILS KEEP OFF SCHOOLS

At the same time, a number of school heads in Kisumu County sent messages to parents and guardians advising them not to send their children to school.

Owners of businesses along Oginga Odinga Street closed their premises, fearing looting by the demonstrators.

Traders said they opted to stay at home as a security measure.

“Last time, the police raided shops and started beating people. They also destroyed our goods,” said Getrude Atieno, who runs a business on the street.

Reports by Silas Apolo, Purity Apat, Charity Jepkoech and Elisha Otieno.