Saturday August 12 2017

Three shot dead in Kenya election protests: police, hospital

A man injured by police officers is helped in

A man injured by police officers is helped in Kawangware slum in Nairobi on August 11, 2017. AFP Photo 

By Agency

At least three people were shot dead in Kenya during protests against the election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta by opposition supporters who believe the vote was rigged, according to police and a health official.

"We have one person killed and four others admitted in hospital with gunshot injuries," said Dr Ojwang Lusi, the regional health chief in western Kisumu county. A police officer confirmed a second death in the southwest town of Siaya.

Immediately after news broke that President Uhuru Kenyatta had been re-elected as Kenya's president, people took to the streets across the east African nation.

But while some celebrated with flags and vuvuzelas, others burned tyres and attacked businesses in a show of rage over an election they believe was stolen from opposition veteran Raila Odinga.

The post-election anger comes a decade after a disputed 2007 vote that degenerated into two months of politically motivated ethnic bloodshed, which killed 1,100 people and left 600,000 displaced.

"Why are they shooting at innocent people who are expressing their views?" said a protester in Kisumu, a city in Kenya's west where there is little love for Kenyatta.

"Why are they forcing Uhuru on people?"

Fueling the rage was Odinga's repeated claims that the election results had been tampered with to deny him victory.