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October 19, 2018

[PHOTOS] Gunshots in Kibera, Mathare as cops disperse post-election protests

Anti riot policemen disperse protesters in Mathare, in Nairobi, Kenya August 12, 2017. REUTERS/
Anti riot policemen disperse protesters in Mathare, in Nairobi, Kenya August 12, 2017. REUTERS/

Gunshots continue to be heard in parts of Nairobi where resident are protesting President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election,

IEBC announced Uhuru as winner of the 2017 presidential election with 8,203,290 votes, while rival Raila got 6,762,224.

Read: Uhuru it is! IEBC declares 'tano tena' for Kenya's president

The announcement prompted reports of protests in some opposition strongholds, particularly Kisumu, parts of Nairobi, and Mombasa.

Beyond Zero caravan vandalised in KIbera, August 12, 2017. /THE STAR

Some protesters vandalised properties and burnt stalls as the police tried to disperse the rowdy youths in Kibera slum, which is Raila's stronghold.

Police lobbed tear gas at the residents and the media who were prevented from covering the protests.

Gun shots would be heard in different parts of the slum with shoutings and wailing renting the air.

More contingents of GSU lorries drove into the slum as the residents continued with their displeasure of the results.

Anti-riot policemen arrive to disperse protesters in Mathare, in Nairobi, Kenya August 12, 2017. REUTERS

"Why vandalise my laboratory?" Olympic Secondary School principal Maurice Okumu asked after seeing her school windows broken.

A broken window at Olympic Primary School in Kibera after post-election protests, August 12, 2017. /THE STAR

In Mathare, protesters burnt stalls as they engaged the police in running battles. Residents were seen throwing stones back at the police who used force to disperse the crowds.

They lit bonfires and barricaded the roads making it hard for vehicles to gain access.

JOURNALIST ARRESTED

KTN journalist Duncan Khaemba has been arrested for taunting police while covering protests in Kibera.

Khaemba and his cameraman were arrested on Saturday and taken to the Kilimani police station.

A bullet recovered during post-election protests in Kibera, August 12, 2017. /THE STAR

Reports indicate that police are preventing journalists from covering post-election protests in various parts of the country.

'POLICE RESTRAINT CRITICAL' 

Human Rights Watch has said Kenyan security forces should exercise restraint in the face of protests that take place in response to election result.

"In any situations where security force personnel use force, they should take care to ensure that it is proportionate," HRW said in a statement on Saturday.

Demonstrators, supporting opposition leader Raila Odinga, throw stones in Mathare, in Nairobi, Kenya August 12, 2017. REUTERS

Africa researcher Otsieno Namwaya said the police should not use teargas or live ammunition simply because they consider a gathering unlawful.

“With growing reports of demonstrations and heavy gunfire in some areas, it is important for security forces to work to deescalate – not escalate – the violence,” Africa researcher Otsieno Namwaya said.

Anti riot policemen deploy to disperse protesters in Mathare, in Nairobi, Kenya August 12, 2017. REUTERS/

Three of Kenya’s previous four general elections were marred by violence, including the 2007-2008 election, when 1,100 people were killed and 650,000 displaced.

As a riot-control method, teargas should be used only when necessary as a proportionate response to quell violence.

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