Two killed in riots after Kenya’s opposition claims election was rigged

Two killed in riots after Kenya’s opposition claims election was rigged

Two protesters were shot dead by police in the Kenyan capital on Wednesday as rioting broke out after opposition claims of massive rigging in an election that President Uhuru Kenyatta looked certain to win.

Police fired teargas – and in some cases live bullets into the air – to disperse several protests, which erupted in opposition strongholds in Nairobi as well as the western city of Kisumu after opposition candidate Raila Odinga claimed a hacking attack had manipulated electronic tallying results.

Mr Kenyatta looked to have an unassailable lead, according to unofficial results streamed onto the election commission (IEBC) website, handing him 54 per cent compared to Mr Odinga’s 44.7 per cent, with votes from over 96 per cent of polling stations counted.

The bloodshed comes a decade after a disputed poll, which Mr Odinga lost to former president Mwai Kibaki, led to two months of clashes that killed 1,100 people and left 600,000 displaced.

Mr. Odinga tweeted: “The fraud Jubilee has perpetuated on Kenyans surpasses any level of voter theft in our country’s history. This time we caught them.

This is an attack on our democracy. The 2017 general election was a fraud,” Mr Odinga said, claiming detailed evidence of the hackers’ movements.

Decrying a “sham” tallying process, Mr Odinga detailed accusations of a major attack on the electronic system, saying hackers had gained entry using the identity of top IT official Chris Msando, who was found murdered and tortured late last month.

The 72-year-old, who is making his fourth bid for the presidency as the flagbearer for the National Super Alliance (Nasa) coalition, accused his rivals of stealing victory from him through rigging in 2007 and in 2013.

“You can only cheat a people for so long,” he said.

A senior police officer confirmed two had been killed in the flashpoint Nairobi slum of Mathare. One of the was young man with a massive gunshot wound to the head.

“They were part of a group that was protesting in the area and officers were sent to quell the chaos. We are told many of them were also thieves who took advantage and could not even obey the police. Two have been fatally wounded,” he said.

Japheth Koome, police chief for Nairobi, said the two who were killed had tried to “attack our officers with pangas (machetes) and that’s when the officers opened fire on them.”

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati insisted the poll was “free and fair”.

“As a commission we shall carry out investigations to establish whether or not the [hacking] claims are true,” he said, adding that the IEBC had a week to release final results.

Mr Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju urged the opposition to “look at the figures soberly” and accept the results.

“You cannot claim that results are fake with respect to presidential vote and you welcome the areas where your governors and MPs have won convincingly. You have to accept the results however they come,” he said.

Mr Odinga urged his supporters to “remain calm as we look deep into this matter.” But he added: “I don’t control the people.”

As his speech ended, scores of supporters gathered in Kisumu and Mathare, burning tyres, setting up barricades and engaging in running battles with riot police.

“If Raila is not president, we can’t have peace,” one Kisumu protester said.

aljazirah adverts


follow us on twitter @aljazirahnewsng
Like us on Facebook @aljazirahnewsng

Share This:

Related Posts

FG deploys 24 perm secs, three to resume October Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbanjo, has approved the deployment of 24 federal permanent secretaries. Fifteen of them were newly appointed and sworn in last week Wednesday. Three of those redeployed will resume in October while the rest are to complete handing and taking over formalities on ...
October 1 quit notice : why we set up Biafra guards –ipob the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has debunked insinuations that it has set up a standing army, stressing that what it established is a vigilance group, Biafra Security Service, BSS, which would only gather intelligence and ensure that criminal elements do not compromise the safety and welfare ...
Police arrest ritualist in Port Harcourt Rivers State Police Command yesterday, took custody of a 23-year-old man, Ifeanyichukwu Maxwell Dike, who was arrested by members of a vigilance group in the Eliozu area in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, while he was on the way to dispose the body of his neighbour’s daughter after using other parts of...
Pastor quits Trump’s evangelical advisory board, says ‘Presi... New York City megachurch pastor, Mr. A.R. Bernard, became the first religious leader to step down from President Trump’s evangelical advisory board. He also announced his resignation via the Twitter. Bernard announced on Twitter Friday that “it became obvious that there was a deepening conflic...
Plateau sponsors 229 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia The Plateau State Government has sponsored 229 persons to perform this year’s Hajj. This came two years after Governor Simon Lalong announced that he had suspended sponsorship of pilgrims due to paucity of funds. The state government only sponsored the pilgrim...
Sultan directs Muslims to observe new moon from August 22 Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Saturday urged Muslims to watch out for the new moon of Dhulhajj1438AH from Tuesday, August 22. The Sultan gave the directive in a statement by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto.  “Thi...
Police declare Biafra Secret Service illegal, warns Nnamdi K... Commissioner of Police Abia, State Command, CP Adeleye Oyebade has declared the recently formed Biafra Security Service of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), led by Nnamdi Kanu, illegal. He was reacting to video of showing Nnamdi Kanu, inspecting some youths called ‘secret service’ agents....
Building owned by Saraki’s aide collapses, injures thr... A building under construction around Sulu Gambari way in Ilorin, Kwara state, allegedly belonging to Moshood Mustapha, Senior Special Assistant to Senator Saraki on Legislative Matters, has collapsed. SaharaReporters learnt that the building was an extension of Crystal House International Hotel b...
Anambra 2017: Chidoka emerges UPP candidate A former Minister Of Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka, has emerged the gubernatorial candidate of the United Progressives Party (UPP) in Anambra. Chidoka beat his opponent, Chief Chudi Offodile in the primary congress held in Awka on Saturday. Announcing the result, the Chairman of UPP National C...
S’Eagles beat Benin Republic 2-0, qualify for CHAN Nigeria claimed a 2-0 win over Benin in the return leg of the 2018 CAF African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier at Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano on Saturday. The Super Eagles were aware that an early goal could boost their morale as they wanted to avenge the 1-0 loss at Stade l’Amitie last wee...
Buhari townsmen jubilate over his return to Nigeria Residents of Daura in Katsina State are in an upbeat mood over reports of President Muhammadu Buhari’s return to Nigeria after his medical vacation abroad. Those interviewed on Saturday expressed gratitude to Allah for the President's recovery and return to Nigeria. Alhaji Salisu Haro, a civil...
Banker allegedly murders brother over argument on football m... The police in Plateau have arrested a 30-year-old banker and native of Ganawuri Village in the state, who allegedly killed his younger brother over an argument on a football match. The suspect allegedly murdered George Mang, 29, over an argument they had conc...
Buhari is not teleguiding Osinbajo – Laolu Akande Laolu Akande, the spokesman for the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has denied reports claiming that President Muhammadu Buhari is teleguiding his principal. Responding to a question from TheCable on a widely circulated report, alleging that a cabal was holding ...