Kenyan girl shot dead as post-election anger boils

Residents flee as anti riot policemen deploy to disperse demonstrators supporting opposition leader Raila Odinga in Mathare, in Nairobi, Kenya August 12, 2017.

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 two deaths.

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 records showed.

Reuters


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