Relative calm in Kisumu after Kenya election clashes

Relative calm in Kisumu after Kenya election clashes
From Al Jazeera - August 12, 2017

Kisumu, Kenya - A tense calm prevailed on Saturday in this stronghold of defeated presidential candidate Raila Odinga, a day after his defeat to incumbent President Uharu Kenyatta was officially announced.

Running street battles between security forces and protesters unhappy with the results continued in several parts of the city of Kisumu 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.

Most shops in the city remained closed and some roads were still blocked by the leftovers of Friday night's violence - rocks and burnt tyres.

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The slum of Kondele was one of the worst hit.There opposition protesters accused police of using excessive force against them, including baton beatings and the firing of live ammunition.

Young men gathered on street corners still angry at the election results and their treatment at the hands of the security forces.

"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."


One person was killed in Kisumu and another in Siaya.

The local hospital in Kisumu received five casualties, three of which had gunshot wounds, and the other two from beatings with batons.

Michael Oluoch, a 21-year-old, was shot in the thigh. "It was after 9pm. We were out and they [security forces] started shooting. One bullet hit me."

Oluoch spoke to Al Jazeera while lying on a bed in the hallway of the hospital, a bloodied bandage covering the upper part of his leg.

In the next room, groaning in pain and unable to speak, was father-of-three David Okoth Maina, 34.

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