Nyanza Regional Police Commander Karanja Muirurui was on Monday, March 27, recalled to police headquarters waiting to be transferred in swift changes.
Former Eastern Regional police commander Noah Mwivanda was to replace Mururi with immediate effect.
Local dailies reported that Muiruri was recalled following his operations on how he handled the protesters last week.
It was believed that the police commander was too lenient to Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party leader Raila Odinga’s supporters.
Mwivanda who officially took charge on Monday, March 28, was in charge during yesterday’s demonstrations where one person was reportedly shot dead in Kisumu and several others left injured in Migori.
The changes come at a time when the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) said it was investigating the shootings that occurred in Nyanza.
IPOA chairperson Anne Makori said the authority is investigating public order management in the protests called by opposition leader Raila Odinga.
The former Prime Minister last week announced mass actions every Monday and Thursday of every week.
Raila, who insists that his presidential victory in the 2022 elections was handed to William Ruto wasn’t the Head of State to expedite the opening of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to open server.
The veteran politician further wants the Kenya Kwanza government to lower the cost of living as promised during the 2022 presidential campaign.
In his announcement, Raila said the protests will be peaceful and urged the police officers to provide security to the protestors.
However, the protests turned chaotic after the men in uniform engaged the protestors in a running battle where they hurled teargas and used live bullets in some parts of the country.