Election violence: At least 24 people were killed, most of them by Kenyan police and security forces, in sporadic violence last weekend following the announcement that Uhuru Kenyatta had won a second five-year term as the country’s president. Last week’s voting had passed off peacefully, as millions of Kenyans queued for hours to chose between Kenyatta, 55, and Raila Odinga, 72, a veteran of Kenyan politics on his fourth attempt to win the presidency. Violent protests broke out on Friday night and Saturday in Odinga’s strongholds – poorer areas of Nairobi and the western city of Kisumu – after the electoral commission announced that Kenyatta had won by 54% to 45%. Odinga maintains that the results were rigged; however, election observers – including the EU, the African Union and local groups – unanimously agreed that there was no systematic rigging.
The country feared a repeat of the 2007 post-election bloodshed, when claims of vote-rigging against Odinga prompted widespread rioting and a security clampdown by the government, tipping Kenya into its worst crisis in decades. About 1,300 people were killed in the ethnic and sectarian violence that followed.