Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

4 killed as violent protests rock Kenya after elections

4 killed as violent protests rock Kenya after elections

What was arguably Kenya's worst violence since independence erupted immediately after it was announced that President Mwai Kibaki had won re-election in a close race against opposition leader Raila Odinga.

In a dramatic example of Kenya's shifting political alliances, the politician who had backed Odinga in 2007, William Ruto, joined forces with Kenyatta for the 2013 vote and became deputy president.

Hundreds of riot police were in the streets of the capital, Nairobi, amid fears of further protests by opposition supporters, who called the vote a "charade" and said challenging the outcome in court wasn't an option.

"Kenya belongs to all of us", he said.

He added: "I reach out to you".

On Thursday it demanded Odinga be declared president. the opposition leader has yet to speak out since the final result was declared.

Five people were killed across the country in post-election violence that rocked opposition strongholds.

In statement issued shortly after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission announced Kenyatta as victor of the 8 August general election, Museveni said he is confident that his counterpart Kenyatta will continue with the efforts of promoting unity and development of Kenyans.

"The judicial process, the judicial system of Kenya and the election laws themselves make full and adequate provision for accountability in this election", said Kerry, an election observer for the Carter Center.

She's among up to twelve people reportedly shot dead during demonstrations in the western city of Kisumu and slums around Nairobi.

"We are exhausted of being ruled by Kikuyus", said Wycliffe Onyalo, 25, who was demonstrating in favor of Odinga on Friday morning on the main street of Kibera, before the results were announced.

On Saturday Kenya's main poll monitoring organisation, Elections Observation Group (ELOG), said it had found no evidence to suggest this week's election had been manipulated or that the result was inaccurate. Odinga has alleged that the election was rigged.

Earlier Friday, the opposition said it had asked for access to the commission's servers to confirm whether the alleged hacking took place.

Kenyans resumed normal activities on Saturday after several weeks of election tension across the country.

Local government official Wilson Njega confirmed one person had been shot dead outside Kisumu in protests, while an AFP reporter saw three patients with gunshot wounds in the city's hospital.

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