Monday, October 23, 2017
News

President Kenyatta's re-election claims 24 lives: Human rights

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

Nairobi [Kenya] | August 13, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
 
The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights confirmed on Saturday that 24 people, including 17 in Nairobi, were killed in the post-election violence since Tuesday that erupted after the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Violent clashes have been continuing between residents of Kisumu, an opposition stronghold and police officials since Tuesday after supporters of the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) rejected President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election.

"Specifically, these cases indicate that the casualties were felled by bullets and the same has been corroborated by family and community members who have indicated that they were killed during the protests which broke out in various parts of the country," CNN quoted the independent rights group statement.

Kenyatta, the 55-year-old son of the country's founding President, won a second five-year term Friday, defeating veteran opposition leader and longtime rival Raila Odinga in a tense contest.

Police has been using excessive force in and around Kisumu, a stronghold of defeated opposition leader Odinga,by cutting off electricity, sprayed live bullets into crowds, fired tear gas and blasted them with water cannons. The police has been conducted house-to-house raids in parts of the city and residents accused some officers of beating them with clubs and stealing money from them. The police in Kisumu declined to comment on the allegations.

Protests erupted in and around Kisumu, wherein one person was killed overnight, police said. Violence also broke out in Nairobi's slum of Mathare, where tear gas and gunshots rang out all night.

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

"Everyone has a right to peaceful protest and they must not be hurt, injured or killed for exercising that right," Muthoni Wanyeki, the organization's regional director, said in a statement.(ANI)

Watch News Videos

 
  LATEST COMMENTS ()
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
MORE WORLD NEWS
Several injured in Quetta blast...
Japan's ruling camp wins two-thirds majo...
Indonesia seeks answer to why US blocked...
Air France KLM reaches pensions deal for...
Japan PM Abe says to discuss North Korea...
Philippines declares siege by Islamist r...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
Pound up; USD,Euro yen down...
Congress protests against Rajasthan Ordi...
Petra Diamonds Q1 revenue falls 17 pct o...
Boeing, Mitsubishi Heavy in deal to cut ...
Afghan Prez Ghani arriving on Tuesday fo...
Factional feud in Tripura CPI-M widen di...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
Rahul, a doom for Cong: Adityanath... 
Pound up; USD,Euro yen down... 
Rupee down by 7 paise against USD... 
Five Chhath devotees killed, severa... 
TSR jawans saved two-day old baby i... 
Factional feud in Tripura CPI-M wid... 
Afghan Prez Ghani arriving on Tuesd... 
Abe election win helps Nikkei set r...