Kenya: Protests Against Kenyatta Election Victory Turn Deadly
- Author: Rogelio Becker Aug 13, 2017,
Aug 13, 2017, 0:40
Kenyatta, the 55-year-old son of Kenya's first president after independence from Britain, appealed for calm and unity. "Let us shun violence and let us refuse to be used for short-term political gain".
"President Kenyatta is not only a close friend and brother but also a development conscious and diligent leader", he said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.
"Kenya belongs to all of us", he said. "Kenyans want us to succeed", he added. "We reach out to your supporters".
Since the election earlier this week, the capital of Nairobi was transformed into a relative ghost town, with many families leaving out of fear of violent protests. The leader of the opposition Raila Odinga garnered 44 percent of the vote. Officers later fired guns into the air.
Though Kenya has been considered a model of political and economic stability in East Africa in recent years, it is riven by tribal loyalties.
Violence has intensified following the Kenyan election, with at least nine people dying in one area of Nairobi and police using tear gas on a convoy of opposition officials.
Kenya was far calmer after the election results were announced, and the government had begun reforms that included adopting a new constitution to check the president's powers.
The gunfire rang out in the Nairobi slum of Kibera and in the southwestern city of Kisumu, the witnesses said. Youths also were reported to be throwing stones at cars in Kibera. "But we were determined that we would be patient and wait for the final result, as indeed have now been declared", Kenyatta said following the announcement.
Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo said Saturday the re-election of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in the just concluded presidential elections will help foster stronger ties between the two countries.
Odinga alleged that hackers infiltrated the election commission's computer system in favor of his opponent. "Court is not an alternative", said top NASA official James Orengo.
On Saturday Kenya's main poll monitoring organisation, Elections Observation Group (ELOG), said it had found no evidence to suggest this week's election had been manipulated or that the result was inaccurate.
Kenyatta has not commented on Odinga's allegations.
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.
Kenya's opposition has accused the security forces of killing more than 100 people including children but has not produced any proof of their claims.