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Kenya protest: Violence follows re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta

16 Août 2017

Eight bodies were taken Saturday to the Nairobi city morgue, a lot of them with gunshot wounds, from the protest-hit slums of Mathare, Kibera and Kawangware since Friday night, a senior police official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Odinga who has lost three previous elections said the August 8 election was rigged and has refused to concede defeat after incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the victor with 54 percent of the vote against Odinga's 44 percent. He said peace, stability and prosperity depended on the political leaders of Kenya, adding that; "they should be careful with their rhetoric and actions in this tense atmosphere and I urged them to act responsibly". The National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition of Raila Odinga, who lost last two elections, claimed the election commission's systems were hacked.

A Kenyan human rights group says 24 people have been killed since the election.

Kegoro said the group has not received any formal communication from the NGO board.

The U.S. government has called on Kenyans to shun post-election violence following days of mostly empty streets after the conclusion of the general elections on August 8.

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said Tuesday that the government has the responsibility to ensure that security forces exercise restraint.

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At least eleven people are believed to have been killed by police in a violent clash in Kenya.

"There is not a single Kenyan anywhere who wants to continue to see violence, looting and demonstrations that end up destroying properties", he said, striking the same conciliatory tone he used when accepting victory on Friday.

United States President Donald Trump has congratulated Kenya's president on his re-election and the country for conducting "a peaceful, fair, and transparent contest".

The official results gave President Kenyatta about 54% of the vote, and Mr Odinga 45%.

The Kenya Red Cross said on Saturday it had treated 93 injured people. Kenya police claim that 10 people have been killed and said almost all were committing crimes.

Kenya protest: Violence follows re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta