Kenyan girl shot dead as post-election
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[August 12, 2017]
By Humphrey Malalo
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's main monitoring
group backed the official result of this week's ballot on Saturday as
opposition anger at the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta erupted
in the western city of Kisumu and slums ringing the capital, leading to
In Nairobi, a young girl was shot dead by police firing "sporadic shots"
at protesters in Mathare, a witness said. The run-down neighborhood is
loyal to opposition leader Raila Odinga, whose party has rejected the
results of Tuesday's vote as a "charade".
A government official told reporters another man was killed in Kisumu
county, center of serious post-election ethnic violence in 2007 in which
1,200 people were killed and 600,000 displaced.
Kisumu's main hospital was treating four people brought in overnight
with gun-shot wounds and six who had been beaten by police, hospital
One man, 28-year-old Moses Oduor, was inside his home in the
impoverished district of Obunga when police barged in after midnight as
part of house-to-house raids, dragging him out of his bedroom and laying
into him with clubs.
"He was not out fighting them, he was rescued by my sister who lives
next to him, she came outside screaming at the police asking why they
are beating people," his brother, Charles Ochieng said, speaking on
behalf of a dazed Oduor.
More shooting was heard outside the hospital on Saturday morning. In
Nairobi, Kenyan television showed footage of armed police units backed
by water cannon moving through the rubble-strewn streets of Kibera,
another pro-Odinga Nairobi slum.
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Anti riot policemen attempt to disperse protesters, supporting
opposition leader Raila Odinga, in Mathare, in Nairobi, Kenya August
12, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
The election commission announced its official results late on
Friday, giving 55-year-old Kenyatta another five years in power
after securing 54.3 percent of votes cast.
Odinga's NASA coalition rejected the results even before they were
announced, saying that the election commission's systems had been
hacked, that the conduct of the count was irregular and that foreign
observers who gave the poll a clean bill of health were biased.
However, the main monitoring group, ELOG, which had 8,300 observers
on the ground, said its parallel vote tally conformed with the
ELOG's projected outcome put Kenyatta on 54 percent, compared with
the official figure of 54.3 percent. This was well within ELOG's 1.9
percent margin of error, the group said.
"We did not find anything deliberately manipulated," Regina Opondo,
the chairwoman of ElOG's steering committee, told a news conference.
(Additional reporting by Maggie Fick, Linda Muriki; Writing by Ed
Cropley; Editing by Adrian Croft)
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