Two women were shot dead by police in Daraja Mbili market, Kisii County, in evening chaos after boda bodas blocked Kisii-Kisumu highway.
According to Dennis Ogero, an eyewitness, police officers driving along the highway stopped to disperse boda boda operators parked alongside the road.
A fight between the police and the operators broke out leading to the women getting shot.
Edna Osoro, 27, was selling tomatoes when she was struck and killed.
The officers had a hard time trying to retrieve the body.
Her death, along with another woman yet to be identified, sparked off chaotic scenes as stone throwing protesters engaged police in running battles.
Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital (KTRH) chief executive Enoch Ondari said the woman died on arrival at the facility.
Edna’s father, Mr John Osoro, was inconsolable as he wept over the death of his daughter.
"I have just seen the worst day of my life. How could my daughter die in such an unnecessary manner?" He said.
Police finally managed to retrieve Edna’s body at 9:30 p.m. They also partially removed the fiery barricades along the highway before taking the body to the KTRH morgue.
- Kisii residents protest the shooting of two women by police at Daraja Mbili market on October 6, 2016.