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ELEVEN DEAD IN KENYA AS POST-ELECTION RIOTS FLARE

August 12, 2017 | Uhuruspirit

Demonstrators, supporting opposition leader Raila Odinga, throw stones in Mathare, in Nairobi, Kenya August 12, 2017.





Kenyan police killed at least 11 people in a crackdown on protests as anger at the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta erupted in the western city of Kisumu and slums ringing the capital, officials and witnesses said on Saturday.

The bodies of nine young men shot dead overnight in Nairobi's Mathare slum had been brought to the city morgue, a security official told Reuters. The men were killed during police anti-looting operations, the official added.

Separately, a young girl in Mathare was killed by police firing "sporadic shots", a witness said. The run-down neighborhood is loyal to 72-year-old opposition leader Raila Odinga, whose party rejected Tuesday's vote as a "charade".

The unrest erupted moments after Kenya's election commission announced late on Friday that Kenyatta, 55, had secured a second five-year term in office, despite opposition allegations that the tally was a fraud.

Interior Minister Fred Matiang'i said the trouble was localized and blamed it on "criminal elements" rather than legitimate political protest.

Odinga's NASA coalition provided no evidence for its rejection of the result. Kenya's main monitoring group, ELOG, said on Saturday its tally matched the official outcome, undermining NASA's allegations of fraud. However the allegation that hacking had taken place was confirmed to be true, though the commission said that the hackers did not succeed.

In addition to the deaths, Kisumu's main hospital was treating four people for gunshot wounds and six who had been beaten by Kenyan police, its records showed.

Recalling its failed legal challenge in 2013, the opposition has said it will not go to court again. Its top leaders have, so far, refrained from publicly calling for mass protests.

Catholic leaders on Saturday appealed for calm and asked security forces to exercise caution during protests.

"No life should be lost because of an election," said John Oballa Owaa, vice chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops.

In separate statements, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International also called on police to exercise restraint.

- with Reuters/AP



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