Three people have been shot dead by the police in Kenya during a protest in the country.

Reports from Aljazeera reveal that, the three of them died when the police fired at a crowd of motorcycle taxi drivers protesting against the arrest of a colleague for flouting coronavirus restrictions.

In a police statement, it was revealed that Police shot at the crowd in the western city of Lesos after clashes on Thursday.

While making comments on the development, the police inspector general, Hillary Mutyambai, said:

“I have ordered the arrest of the officers involved in the shooting and we regret the loss of these lives,” “A thorough investigation will be carried out and action will be taken. They must face the law.”

In a statement from the police, the first shots fired killed a 40-year-old man after motorcycle taxi drivers “attacked” one of the officers. Two more people were shot dead after the crowd followed the officers back to their police station.

Meanwhile,  Kenyan police are facing increasing scrutiny over alleged excessive force and unlawful killings, especially in poor neighbourhoods while, the case which has been referred to the country’s Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA),

In another development which occurred earlier this week, a Kenyan policeman was charged with the murder of a 13-year-old boy while enforcing the COVID-19 curfew order.

So far, Officer Duncan Ndiema Ndiwa has denied charges of the killing of Yassin Hussein Moyo on March 30 on a balcony at his parent’s home on Tuesday.

The death of Moyo has triggered calls by the public for an end to police brutality, with huge protest in Kenya.