Two shot dead in protests

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NAIROBI: Two people have been shot dead in Kenya in angry opposition protests which flared up again yesterday after the hotly disputed election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta. Protests and running battles with police broke out in Nairobi slums after a night of anger in opposition strongholds against an election that losing candidate Raila Odinga claims was massively rigged. East Africa’s richest economy was gripped by uncertainty a decade after a disputed 2007 election which led to two months of ethno-political violence that left 1,100 dead and 600,000 displaced. Odinga has yet to speak after the results were announced, but almost immediate protests erupted Friday night in his strongholds in western Kisumu county and poor areas of Nairobi, with gunshots ringing out and fires lit in the streets. “We have one person killed and four others admitted in hospital with gunshot injuries,” said Dr Ojwang Lusi, the regional health chief in western Kisumu county. In the southwestern town of Siaya, a police officer speaking on condition of anonymity said a man had been shot dead in protests, but “we have not managed to collect the body… because of resistance from protesters.” Meanwhile protests flared up again yesterday morning, with police firing teargas and engaging in running battles with demonstrators in the capital’s Mathare and Kibera slums, according to AFP reporters. In Kisumu protesters blocked major highways around the city. Politics in Kenya is largely divided along tribal lines. Odinga’s ethnic Luo supporters – and their allies from other groups against the Kikuyus, the same ethnic group as President Kenyatta, the country’s biggest community. —Agencies

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