Blood flows in Kenya streets after disputed poll

kenyan electionsFrom MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – KENYAN police have been urged to exercise restraint in the wake of street protests following a disputed presidential poll.
Police shot dead at least three protesters after the opposition alleged the tightly-contested election had been rigged in favour of incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta.
Raila Odinga, candidate of the National Super Alliance coalition, alleged the electoral commission’s website had been hacked and the results manipulated in favour of the ruling Jubilee Party.Rights groups said up to six people could have been killed after the disputed ballot counting showed Kenyatta holding a healthy lead over his rival.
The demonstrations have been pronounced in the Mathare slums in the capital Nairobi and the Kondele area of Kisumu, a pro opposition county that has been the epicentre of heavy-handed crackdowns by the police in previous elections.
Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s regional director, said police must not use unnecessary force in their handling of the election-related protests.
“If the demonstrations turn violent, police have a duty to protect people from harm, but they must not use the violent acts of a few to restrict the right of others to protest peacefully,” Wanyeki said.
An estimated 180 000 police officers and members of the security forces have been deployed.
Fear has gripped the international community amid another bloody outcome to a Kenyan poll.
In 2007, some 1 500 civilians were killed and more than 600 000 others displaced after a contentious election exercise Odinga claimed was rigged.
Police were blamed for some of the killings.
– CAJ News

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