At least two protesters have allegedly been shot dead by police in Kenya after violence broke out following yesterday’s general election.
Upheaval began in the African nation after opposition leader, Raila Odinga, said that the electoral commission’s IT system had been hacked to manipulate the results.
Protest of the election results in Kibera section Nairobi, Kenya! https://t.co/cxODYuII8v— Lanier “Issa” Lewis (@IssaKhari) 9 August 2017
Protests have been taking place in Nairobi, despite Odinga calling for calm, and police fired shots to disperse opposition supporters in Kisumu, where hundreds of demonstrators could be heard shouting: “No Raila, no peace.”
An AFP photographer said that he had seen the body of one protester who had been shot in the head.
From a friend: Happening now in #Ayani #Kibera. #Protest #Nairobi #Kenya #Election: pic.twitter.com/aGCi686flh— Charles Newman (@Afritekt) 9 August 2017
Kenyan Election Result: Mathare Youths Protest Over Rigging Claims https://t.co/5f87Avpoko pic.twitter.com/zznJlqYmJF— Buzz Kenya (@BuzzKenya) 9 August 2017
The official result saw Odinga come a close second to Kenyatta.
The leader of the opposition, who heads the National Super Alliance, said that the presidential election was a “complete fraud”, and that a multiplier had given incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta votes that were not cast.
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Chairman of the Independent Election and Boundaries Commission Wafula Chebukati said: “We shall have our own investigative system to kick in. We shall come up with a methodology as to finding out whether or not those claims are correct.”
Fears are mounting that the country could once again descend into the chaos it saw in 2007, in which 1,100 Kenyans were killed and 600,000 were displaced following a disputed election.