The protest that followed the announcement if the election results in Kenya has lead to the death of at least 37 people, including three children. Kenyan police fired teargas and shots in the air on Monday as hundreds of demonstrators marched through the capital Nairobi to protest against proposed legal changes that would make it harder for the Supreme Court to annul an election.
Some of the deaths were caused by “police using live bullets” while others were killed by police “bludgeoning using clubs”, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights said in a report on Monday.
According to reports, among the dead was a six-month-old baby girl who was “clobbered by armed security agents whilst under the care of its mother in Kisumu County”.
Almost all the victims of the violence were killed in opposition strongholds in the slums of the capital, Nairobi, or the western part of the country.
In August, Fred Matiangi, acting interior minister, denied security services used live bullets or excessive force in dealing with protesters and blamed the violence on “criminal elements”.
“I’m not aware of anyone who has been killed by a live bullet fired by a police officer anywhere in this country,” Matiangi said.
The protests started after the electoral body announced incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner of the August 8 election.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga said the election was rigged and claimed he won the vote.
Recall that last month, the country’s Supreme Court declared the election results “invalid, null and void”. The Nairobi-based court said the electoral board committed “irregularities and illegalities” during the vote, harming the integrity of the election.