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KENYA: Calm restored after killing of 3 opposition supporters in clash with cops

KENYA: Calm restored after killing of 3 opposition supporters in clash with cops
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Calm has reportedly been restored in the city of Kisumu, a stronghold of defeated presidential candidate Raila Odinga, in Kenya after three angry supporters of his party were killed in a clash with police.

There were scenes of unrest as opposition supporters who were unhappy with the results engaged security forces in running street battles in several parts of the city for most of the night.

However, by sunrise clashes had whittled down to small groups of youths setting fire to tyres only to be chased away by the police.

But reports say the streets are still littered with young men gathered on street corners still angry at the election results and their treatment at the hands of the security forces.

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“They were even entering homes and beating people up,” Zaphania Onyango Juma, 29, told Al Jazeera holding an empty bullet case.

“They were using real bullets at us… We did not have any guns,” he added.
“They steal our votes and then they send soldiers to shoot us.”

There are fears that a possible tribal war may break out in Kenya after the opposition refused the outcome of Tuesdays election demanding that the electoral commission granted it access to see raw data on its computer servers before it can accept defeat.

Kenyans are also scared that the dispute would lead to the recurence of violent protests which saw the killing of more than 1,000 people during the 2017 general elections.

 

 

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