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    Kenya elections death toll continues to rise

    APA-Nairobi (Kenya)

    The atmosphere was still tense on Sunday in Kenya, where the violence which broke out since Friday evening, shortly after the official announcement of the results of the presidential election won by the outgoing president, Uhuru Kenyatta, has reportedly left 24 dead, according to an NGO.

    The police said 11 have died in the post-poll violent protest, while the opposition said it deplores the death of at least 100 people at the hands of the security forces.

    Most of deaths were recorded is in the west of the country, in the county of Kisumu, and in Nairobi’s popular districts of Mathiara and Kibera, where the opposition protests is particularly violent.

    According to the Independent Electoral Commission, Uhuru Kenyatta polled with 54.27 per cent of the vote against 44.74 for Raila Odinga.

    Reacting to the announcement of the re-election of Uhuru Kenyatta late on Friday, the inhabitants of these localities went on a looting spree, ransacking the businesses supposedly belonging to relatives and sympathizers of Kenyatta. In reaction, the police opened fire on the mob.

    The Kenyan Human Rights Commission said at least 24 people died, most of them recorded in Nairobi, and called on the Home Affairs minister to stop the police firing on unarmed people.

    "Kenyans have the right to express themselves by taking to the streets. But as citizens, they must respect the dignity of others, their lives and property. Similarly, the security forces have a mandate to protect life, property and human beings. They must contain the demonstrators, in accordance with the law and using reasonable force,” Kagwiria Mbogori, chairman of the National Human Rights Commission said.

    The country’s National Council of Churches has called for restraint, while deploring a total of 18 deaths whereas the Supreme Council of Muslims, through its chairman, Sheikh Adan Wachu, lashed out at the police demanding them to stop shooting at the protesters.

    Accusing the ruling party of a planned crackdown and poll rigging, the opposition said it is determined to continue the pressure for its candidate, Raila Odinga, to be proclaimed winner of the polls.


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