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Kenya protests: Not less than 24 killed after President’s re-election

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Kenya protests: Not less than 24 killed after President’s re-election

“Particularly, these instances point out that the casualties have been felled by bullets and the identical has been corroborated by household and neighborhood members who’ve indicated that they have been killed through the protests which broke out in numerous elements of the nation,” the unbiased rights group mentioned in a press release. Of these dying, 17 have been killed within the capital Nairobi, the group mentioned.

Kenyatta, the 55-year-old son of the nation’s founding President, gained a second five-year time period Friday, defeating veteran opposition chief and longtime rival Raila Odinga in a tense contest.

Kenyatta, who promised to create 1.three million jobs, acquired 54% of the vote whereas Odinga, who vowed to struggle corruption, acquired 45%.

Protests and violence broke out nearly instantly.

Many of the demonstrators have been supporters of 72-year-old former political prisoner Odinga, who has rejected the outcomes of the presidential election, calling the vote rigged. Nationwide election officers have decried the accusations, saying the vote was free and credible.

Protests erupted in and round Kisumu, a stronghold of defeated opposition chief Odinga. One individual was killed in a single day in Kisumu, police mentioned.

Violence additionally broke out in Nairobi’s slum of Mathare, the place tear fuel and gunshots rang out all night time, witnesses mentioned.

The 9-year-old, Stabhay Nyarangi Mokaya, was killed by a stray bullet throughout protests in Mathare early Saturday, her father confirmed to CNN.

Stabhay Nyarangi Mokaya, center, was killed by a stray bullet during protests in Mathare in Nairobi early Saturday, August 12.

“There have been three youngsters enjoying within the balcony on the fourth ground, after which rapidly there was a gunshot which hit the younger lady,” Wycliff Mokaya mentioned.

Mokaya mentioned even the police have been stunned to search out out a bullet had hit the balcony. He mentioned the lady’s mom was “within the worst ache.”

Kenya Crimson Cross Society mentioned that it had handled no less than 93 individuals injured within the violence.

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Most of Kenya is calm

Violence in Kenya might have ripple results far past the nation of 47 million individuals. As the most important economic system in East Africa, Kenya is a vital commerce path to the continent and gives an essential buffer of stability in a area that features the fledgling Somali authorities and the politically tense Sudan and South Sudan.

Past the lethal incident in Kisumu, many of the nation remained comparatively calm Saturday.

Amnesty Worldwide referred to as on authorities to research experiences that police shot useless demonstrators in opposition strongholds.

“Everybody has a proper to peaceable protest and so they should not be harm, injured or killed for exercising that proper,” Muthoni Wanyeki, the group’s regional director, mentioned in a press release.

The performing inside minister referred to as experiences of protester deaths “lies,” saying many of the demonstrators are criminals benefiting from the chaos.

The incumbent President had appealed for peace after the consequence was declared Friday.

“Fellow Kenyans, elections come and go however Kenya is right here to remain,” he tweeted. “Allow us to at all times do not forget that we’re all brothers and sisters.”

Further safety

Worldwide observers have urged candidates to respect the end result and resolve any ballot disputes by authorized avenues. 

Greater than 400 worldwide election screens — together with from the US and the European Union — deployed throughout the nation to watch voting, the tallying course of and the post-election interval.

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Former US Secretary of State John Kerry, who served as an election observer for the Carter Middle, mentioned whereas there have been “little aberrations right here and there,” the election was not rigged.

“If something was electronically fiddled with, there’s a approach to return and completely confirm what occurred within the polling station,” he mentioned. “So, by paper ballots, there’s a safety of every Kenyan’s vote.”

Further safety forces have been deployed within the capital of Nairobi, inside ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka mentioned.

Allegations of vote-rigging have sparked issues, with some Kenyans fearing ethnic clashes just like these triggered a decade in the past.

Although Kenya’s final election in 2013 was primarily peaceable, the nation plunged into widespread violence within the aftermath of the 2007 vote.

Greater than 1,000 individuals have been killed in months of bloodshed following the 2007 election after Odinga — defeated by then-President Mwai Kibaki — claimed the vote was rigged.

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