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Violence Breaks out in Kenya Over Incumbent’s Election Victory

At least 24 people have been shot by police in violence during Kenya’s disputed election, according to Kenyan human-rights observers, including many killed in protests in opposition strongholds after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory late Friday.

The Kenya Red Cross Society said it picked up 93 injured casualties in the violence. MSF Kenya, which has its own ambulances and involves figures not counted by the Red Cross, reported 54 people were treated at its clinics, raising the toll to at least 150 wounded.

On Saturday, police fired live bullets and tear gas on protesters in volatile areas of Nairobi and other parts of the country, provoking anger from opposition supporters and condemnation from human-rights activists.

Kenya faced its third successive disputed election after the opposition National Super Alliance claimed its candidate, Raila Odinga, won and that Kenyatta had colluded with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to steal the election.

At Kibera slum in Nairobi, protesters are confronting police in violent protests. Gunshots are heard ringing out in the night with ambulances blazing up and down the roads. Police helicopters are also hovering above the slum, the largest in all of East Africa.

It is the same thing in Kisumu county, another Odinga stronghold where gunshots are heard and protesters are in the streets.

One resident told a European journalist that homes of President Kenyatta’s ethnic people, the Kikuyus, are being burnt down in Kibera.

In his acceptance speech, President Kenyatta had urged Kenyans to come together and shun violence. But before the acceptance speech his opponent, Odinga, disappeared to an unknown destination, as his party rejected the result even before it was even announced and declared its intention not to take the case to court but to leave matters in the hands of the Kenyan people.

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