KISUMU, Kenya - About 24 people have been killed in election-related violence in Kenya as the supporters of the country’s opposition party disputed the results.
On Saturday, protesters braced for more confrontations with the police in the city of Kisumu, where about 600 uniformed members of the security forces were deployed.
After the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, several protests broke out on the streets as opposers argued about the fairness of the vote, even tough international observers concluded that it was fair and transparent.
In the capital of Nairobi, the opposition National Super Alliance Party claimed that the police were provoking violence and accused them of killing dozens of people nationwide, although party officials provided no evidence for their claims.
News agencies reported that the death toll from violence overnight stood at 11.
On Saturday, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, an independent organization, said that 24 people had been killed in election-related violence since Tuesday’s vote, including 17 in Nairobi.
Meanwhile, hundreds of residents of Kisumu, an opposition stronghold, clashed overnight with the police and accused that they had cut off electricity to create confusion, sprayed live bullets into crowds, fired tear gas and blasted them with water cannons. Witnesses said that the police conducted house-to-house raids in parts of the city, and residents accused some officers of beating them with clubs and stealing money from them.
Kenyatta was declared the winner against the opposition leader, Raila Odinga.
Days before the vote, the election faced allegations of vote rigging, fears of violence and the unresolved murder of a top election official.
Odinga roused supporters by warning that the election results would be manipulated throughout his campaign.
While the ballots were being counted, he claimed that the electoral commission’s servers had been hacked — which he linked to the poll official’s death.
Later, the opposition leader asserted that he had obtained secret information from the electoral body showing him to be the real winner.
Odinga has however not provided evidence supporting those allegations.
Riots erupted in major cities across Kenya after Kenyatta’s victory was announced in a televised stated.
Most protests were witnessed in poor areas, where residents suffer from high unemployment and rising living costs and are neglected by the central government.