Kenya Election: Police Clash with Opposition Supporters, 1 Killed
Albanian Daily News
Published October 26, 2017
Opposition supporters burn tyres during protests in Kisumu, Kenya, on Thursday.Kenyan police clashed with protesters in opposition strongholds as the nation voted for a new president Thursday, leaving one person dead and more injured.
The main opposition candidate had urged his supporters to boycott the latest election -- the second in less than three months -- reflecting bitter divisions in the nation.
Voting appeared peaceful in most of the country.
But tensions were running high in the western town of Kisumu and the Kibera slum area of the capital, Nairobi, both bastions of support for opposition leader Raila Odinga.
One death from a gunshot wound was confirmed by hospital officials in Kisumu, where police used tear gas and water cannons on opposition supporters and roads remained barricaded.
Four other people were admitted with bullet wounds and 19 more are being treated after being beaten by police, the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital said.
Kenyan police spokesman Charles Owino declined to comment immediately on the reports of election-related violence in Kisumu.
Voting materials arrived in Kisumu, but electoral commission officials could not be found at some polling stations. Many Kisumu residents were staying away from the polls as a protest.
In the capital city of Nairobi, security was tight as soldiers equipped with long guns and tear gas canisters hovered near polling stations.
In Kibera, the main opposition stronghold in the city, protesters pelted police with stones as officers used tear gas and fired some live ammunition and blanks into the air as a warning to disperse.
"There is no voting here, leave us alone," protesters shouted. "No Raila, no peace!"