A look at Kenya's recent history of deadly election unrest

Aaron Brown
August 13, 2017

As celebrations began in pro-government areas after Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the victor of the presidential election, supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga poured onto the streets in parts of Nairobi and Kisumu to protest the outcome.

Kenyatta garnered 8,203,290 votes representing 54.27% against NASA's Raila Odinga who got 6,762,224 votes representing 44.74%.

The 72-year-old politician has now had four unsuccessful attempts to win the presidency.

His daughter is one of a growing number of people killed during protests following the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

"We need and must continue to work together for the welfare of our people and in order to keep this country united", said Kenyatta, who also defeated Odinga in 2013. "And I am certain that there is no single Kenyan who would wish for us to go back to this". The run-down neighbourhood is loyal to opposition leader Raila Odinga, whose party has rejected the results of Tuesday's vote as a "charade". Another five people were injured by gunfire in Kisumu.

Amnesty International called on authorities to investigate reports that police shot dead demonstrators in opposition strongholds.

In his comments after the results were announced, Wafula Chebukati, Kenya Electoral Commission chairman, declared that; "Countries around the world have been watching us closely".

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But reconciliation efforts, the introduction of a progressive constitution in 2010 and an intense security operation during the recent election period have helped to ward off the kind of ethnic violence after the 2007 election in which more than 1,000 people were killed.

The incumbent President had appealed for peace after the result was declared Friday.

Odinga alleged that hackers infiltrated the election commission's computer system in favor of his opponent.

Earlier Friday, the opposition said it had asked for access to the commission's servers to confirm whether the alleged hacking took place. National election officials have decried the accusations, saying the vote was free and credible.

They boycotted the presentation after signalling that they would not accept the results.

Kenya's post-election violence worsened Saturday as police used tear gas on a convoy of opposition officials in the capital and a mortuary official said nine bodies with gunshot wounds were brought to a Nairobi morgue from a slum that's an opposition stronghold.

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