50 killed in Kenya post-election clashes

Kenya post-electionFrom MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – KENYAN police are accused of killing as many as 50 people and injured hundreds in the wake of protests after a contested
presidential poll.
The reported killings by the General Service Unit and Administration
Police allegedly occurred in the capital Nairobi where opposition
supporters clashed with police after incumbent, Uhuru Kenyatta, was
announced the winner of the August 8 election.
His opponent Raila Odinga alleged the poll was rigged and has been
exonerated at the Supreme Court, which has ordered a rerun.
Michelle Kagari, deputy regional director at Amnesty International, said
many more left with life-altering injuries in attacks by the police
against opposition supporters
“This deadly use of excessive force has become a hallmark of police
operations in Kenya and must be decisively stopped before the next
election takes place,” she said.
Kagari said the authorities must urgently ensure all those responsible for unlawful use of force were held to account.
She said police must comply with international law and standards on the
use of force during the upcoming repeat election period.
The rerun poll is set for October 26.
Violence, anarchy and hate speech have characterised preparations.
Police have used teargas at opposition supporters demanding the
resignation of electoral officials accused of rigging the initial poll.
Odinga has pulled out of the elections after casting doubt they will be
free and fair.
Recently, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights said it documented
37 deaths after the initial poll.

CAJ News

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