Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Violence intensifies following disputed Kenyan election result

Violence intensifies following disputed Kenyan election result

One person has died after being shot in overnight protests following the re-election of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, police said. The run-down neighbourhood is loyal to opposition leader Raila Odinga, whose party has rejected the results of Tuesday's vote as a "charade". "She was my only hope".

Also Saturday, Kenyan police opened fire to disperse opposition protesters who blocked roads and set up burning barricades in a slum in Nairobi, the capital.

The protest in opposition strongholds was a sharp contrast to the jubilation of Uhuru Kenyatta's supporters who were joined by others of the presidential coalition.

A mortuary official said nine bodies with gunshot wounds had been brought to the Nairobi morgue from Mathare. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

In a victory speech, Kenyatta said he was extending a "hand of friendship" to the opposition, which alleged that the election commission's database had been hacked and results were manipulated against Odinga. National election officials have decried the accusations, saying the vote was free and credible.

Kenyatta emerged victor after securing 54.27 percent of the ballots cast, while his rival, Raila Odinga, won 44.74 percent of official figures released by the country's electoral commission on Friday. Police also fired guns into the air.

"The judicial process, the judicial system of Kenya and the election laws themselves make full and adequate provision for accountability in this election", said Kerry, an election observer for the Carter Center.

LG V30: Leaked image from owner's manual confirms the phone's familiar design
If the rumor turns out to be true, then it will be the first time the countries in Europe will be getting an LG V-series in hand. Some hints at Daydream support, while other rumorus suggest the coming of an OLED display for the V30.

These numbers explain why South Africa's president Zuma won't be pushed out
While that was not the case, at least 26 MPs from the ruling African National Congress party voted for Zuma's removal from office. On Monday, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete announced she had heeded the call for a secret ballot.

Trump's approval rating plunges to new low, poll shows
Trump's approval rating was 76 percent among Republicans , 2 percent among Democrats and 34 percent among independents. The new figures, says Quinnipiac, are the lowest approval and highest disapproval number since Trump took office.

Police earlier Saturday said they shot dead two people in the city of Kisumu during opposition protests.

However protests remained isolated today, with several hundred demonstrators engaging in running battles with police who quickly dispersed what Interior Minister Fred Matiangi referred to as "criminal elements".

The deaths occurred on the outskirts of Kisumu, a city where opposition leader Raila Odinga has strong support.

"The police should not use tear gas or live ammunition simply because they consider a gathering unlawful".

A government official told reporters another man was killed in Kisumu county, centre of serious post-election ethnic violence in 2007 in which 1,200 people were killed and 600,000 displaced.

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.

Like this: