Three killed in protests against Kenya vote

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Nairobi, Kenya - Three peo­ple, in­clud­ing a child, have been shot dead in Kenya dur­ing op­po­si­tion protests which flared for a sec­ond day on Satur­day af­ter the hotly dis­puted elec­tion vic­tory of Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta.

Demon­stra­tions and run­ning bat­tles with po­lice broke out in iso­lated parts of Nairobi slums af­ter anger in op­po­si­tion strongholds against Tues­day’s elec­tion that los­ing can­di­date Raila Odinga claims was mas­sively rigged.

In­te­rior Min­is­ter Fred Ma­tiangi blamed the un­rest on ‘criminal el­e­ments’ loot­ing and rob­bing busi­nesses and as­sured Kenyans that ‘there is no need for alarm’, urg­ing them to re­turn to their daily lives.

The un­cer­tainty grip­ping the na­tion pro­vided a grim re­minder of a dis­puted 2007 elec­tion which led to two months of ethno-po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence that left 1,100 dead and 600,000 dis­placed.

Keny­atta was de­clared the vic­tor in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion on Fri­day night with 54.27 per cent to Odinga’s 44.74, with protests erupt­ing in the op­po­si­tion leader’s strongholds in Nairobi and the western city of Kisumu al­most im­me­di­ately.

Lo­cal govern­ment of­fi­cial Wil­son Njega con­firmed one per­son had been shot dead out­side Kisumu in protests, while an AFP re­porter saw three patients with gun­shot wounds in the city’s hos­pi­tal.

At the hos­pi­tal Truphena Achieng said his brother had been shot and in­jured ‘and yet he was just stand­ing out­side our house where peo­ple were demon­strat­ing ... we don’t know why po­lice were shoot­ing’.

In the south­west­ern town of Si­aya, a po­lice of­fi­cer said a man had been shot dead in a de­mon­stra­tion, but ‘we have not man­aged to col­lect the body... be­cause of re­sis­tance from protesters’.

On Satur­day morn­ing, an AFP pho­tog­ra­pher saw the body of a nine year old boy whose fam­ily said he had been shot in the back while watch­ing the protests from a fourth floor bal­cony in Mathare, a slum in the cap­i­tal.


Peo­ple duck as po­lice­men open fire dur­ing a protest in the Kib­era slum, in Nairobi on Satur­day

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