Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Four dead in Kenya as tensions rise over disputed election

On Wednesday four people were killed in election-related violence in Kenya, where the opposition claimed much rigging in a vote that President Uhuru Kenyatta looked certain to be the winner.

A decade ago, the East African country suffered post-poll violence which cause the dead of 1,000 people.

The crisis broke out after opposition leader Raila Odinga claimed massive fraud as current President Uhuru Kenyatta move ahead in provisional results with 54 percent compared to his 44.7 percent. The results for over 96 percent of polling stations were also in.

Two protesters were shot dead in the flashpoint slum of Mathare in Nairobi, where police also fired tear gas at crowds who burned tyres and blocked roads throughout the day.

Nairobi police chief Japheth Koome said the two who were killed had tried to "attack our officers with pangas (machetes) and that's when the officers opened fire on them."

"Our officers killed two of them and we are looking for others who escaped," said regional police chief Larry Kieng.

"We have not established the motive yet, we don't know if it is political or if it's a criminal incident but we are investigating and action will be taken."

In the southeastern Tana River region, police said five men armed with knives had attacked a vote tallying station and stabbed one person.

Kenya opposition leader, Odinga detailed accusations of a major attack on the electronic system, he said that hackers had gained entry using the identity of top IT official Msando who was found and tortured and murdered last month.

"This is an attack on our democracy. The 2017 general election was a fraud," said Odinga, claiming detailed evidence of the hackers' movements.

 72-year-old Odinga who is making fourth bid for the presidency as the flag-bearer for the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, accused his rivals of stealing victory from through rigging in 2007 and 2013.

"You can only cheat a people for so long," he said.

Election commission (IEBC) chief Ezra Chiloba denied that the important electronic system , seen as key to avoiding fraud -- had been compromised.

"Our election management system is secure. There was no external or internal interference to the system at any point before, during or after the voting," he told a press conference.

Source: AFP

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