Kenya: Protests Against Kenyatta Election Victory Turn Deadly

Kenya saw deadly violence overnight after the election commission declared that President Uhuru Kenyatta had won a second term while the opposition called Tuesday's vote a "charade". His rival Raila Odinga got 44.7 per cent votes. "She was my only hope".

In Nairobi slums loyal to Odinga, police opened fire to disperse protesters who blocked roads and set up burning barricades.

The protests were inspired by the announcement that incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta is the victor of the Tuesday election.

A mortuary official said nine bodies with gunshot wounds had been brought to the Nairobi morgue from Mathare.

The election was a test of the stability of the East African economic power as many recalled the postelection bloodshed a decade ago that left more than 1,000 dead.

In his comments after the results were announced, Wafula Chebukati, Kenya Electoral Commission chairman, declared that; "Countries around the world have been watching us closely".

Several other people have been killed in clashes between police and rioters since Friday night, when Kenya's election commission announced that President Uhuru Kenyatta was the victor in Tuesday's vote.

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An Associated Press photographer said police used tear gas on a large convoy of vehicles carrying opposition officials that tried to enter Kibera.

The capital also braced for violence Friday night by deploying police in the central business district.

Acting Interior Minister Fred Matiang'i said Saturday that "criminal elements have attempted to take advantage of the situation to loot and destroy property".

As celebrations began in pro-government areas after Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the victor of the presidential election, supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga poured onto the streets in parts of Nairobi and Kisumu to protest the outcome.

In the southwestern town of Siaya, a police officer speaking on condition of anonymity said a man had been shot dead in protests, but "we have not managed to collect the body. because of resistance from protesters".

Reports say there is palpable fear in the land as many Kenyans are scared that the dispute would lead to violent protests after more than 1,000 people were killed following the last bloody election recorded in 2007.

The election commission affirmed there was a hacking attempt but said it failed, and that Odinga's camp had no right to declare him the victor.

  • Adam Floyd