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Post-election violence in Kenya spiked again after the opponent accused the incumbent of rigging the election. Protests erupted across the country and in the capital of Nairobi. These protests led to the deaths of at least 24 so far. This number includes at least one child. These deaths occurred during the protests and some of them were said to be conducted by the police. This violence is unneeded and terrible in a time when the country is already battling with the terrorist organization, Al-Shabaab, conduct weekly attacks on the eastern border of Kenya.

 

08/15/2017 Kenya (WashingtonPost) – One day after President Uhuru Kenyatta was reelected in a fiercely contested and divisive vote, violence erupted across parts of Kenya in clashes between protesters and security forces.

At least 24 people, including a 6-year-old child, have been killed since the election results were announced Friday night, according to the Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights.

“Deaths can be directly linked to the elections and post-election environment,” said Kagwiria Mbogori, chairman of the commission. “Family and community members have indicated they were killed during the protests, which broke out in some parts of the country after the polls.”

Mbogori said that loss of life is attributed to police using live ammunition and that 17 deaths were confirmed in Nairobi, the capital, alone.

In Kibera, Nairobi’s largest slum, residents said that at least six people were killed late Friday and early Saturday in clashes with police. Young men in the slum had promised for days to hold demonstrations if Kenyatta defeated their candidate, Raila Odinga, who has not yet accepted the results or conceded, raising concerns of further violence.

 

 

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