Following the defeat of the opposition Raila Odinga in Kenya’s keenly contested presidential elections and the declaration of Uhuru Kenyatta, son of Kenya’s founding father as president, violent protests have broken out in parts of Kenya.
Kisumu county, another Odinga stronghold has the same experience as gunshots are heard and protesters are in the streets.
One resident told a European journalist that homes of President Kenyatta’s ethnic people, the Kikuyus, are being burnt down in Kibera, but the report could not be immediately confirmed.
At Kibera slum in Nairobi, gunshots can be heard as protesters confront police officials in violent protests. Police helicopters are also hovering above the slum, the largest in all of East Africa.
In his acceptance speech, President Kenyatta had urged Kenyans to come together and shun violence. But before the acceptance speech his opponent, Odinga, who had taken four failed shots at becoming Kenya’s president announced that his party has rejected the results but would not take the case to court.
He said the opposition would leave matters in the hands of the Kenyan people.