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Saturday, August 19, 2017

NASA claims 100 killed in post-poll chaos, reject Uhuru re-election

NASA leaders during the press briefing, August 12, 2017. /COURTESY
NASA leaders during the press briefing, August 12, 2017. /COURTESY

NASA has claimed, without evidence, that more than 100 people have been killed by police in post-election protests.

Gunshots continue as police disperse residents protesting against President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election on Friday.

A 10-year-old girl was shot dead in Mathare Area 2, while 11 others have been killed in Nairobi and Kisumu.

Read: Girl shot dead in Mathare as post-election anger boils

Also read: 'Uhuru must go': Deadly protests in Siaya, stone-throwing in Kisumu after Raila defeat

But acting interior CS Fred Matiang'i refuted claims that protesters have been killed by police and cautioned against social media users against fanning violence.

"The number includes 10 children. Police have put them in bags to hide them. The violence being meted is intended to make NASA submit to defeat," Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama told the press on Saturday.

"We want to remind Matiang'i and [IG Joseph] Boinnet that they are personally responsible for this," he added.

Muthamafurther maintained that they will not accept the Uhuru Kenyatta re-election adding that "the will of the people must come to force".

"Uhuru does not have any electoral mandate to be a president. We have the will and determination and your will will count," he said.

He said NASA will communicate the next cause of action but appealed to their supporters to remains calm.

"We appeal to our supporters to stay out of harm's way. A stolen election does not amount to establishment of the government, they should remain calm," he said.

Siaya Senator-elect James Orengo said the dead are not been taken to the mortuaries as expected.

"In this situation they don't go to mortuaries, this time they are one step ahead they are putting them in body bags.. the bags were distributed. we raised an alarm and nobody heard us," he said.

"This is an operation that the government knew what they were doing."

Orengo further hit at Matiangi saying that criminals are not killed they are taken to court.

Matiangi had said that the only people that were facing the force of law were criminals who were looting property.

"What is happening in Kibera is a military operation. Do you kill criminals? That is not the law. We have talked to our sources in the police and they say those doing the shooting are not our people," he said.

"THEY ARE CRIMINALS"

Matiang'i denied accusations of brutality, saying police were merely maintaining order.

"Let us be honest - there are no demonstrations happening," he told reporters.

"Individuals or gangs that are looting shops, that want to endanger lives, that are breaking into people's businesses – those are not demonstrators. They are criminals, and we expect police to deal with criminals how criminals should be dealt with."

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