No less than 24 protesters have been killed by police gunfire since Tuesday as Kenya’s post-election violence worsened on Saturday.
The Guardian quoted the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights – which monitors government institutions – as giving the death toll amid appealing to senior officials to urge police to stop using live ammunition against civilians.
It is understood that earlier today police used tear gas on a convoy of opposition officials in the capital and a mortuary official said nine bodies with gunshot wounds were brought to a Nairobi morgue from a slum that is an opposition stronghold.
As rioting continued the day after President Uhuru Kenyatta won a second term in a vote the opposition claimed had been rigged, a father said his nine-year-old daughter was killed by a stray bullet on their third-floor balcony in Mathare.
Wycliff Mokaya told The Associated Press his 9-year-old daughter was killed by a stray bullet while on their third-floor balcony in Mathare.
“I was watching her play with her friends when she suddenly fell down,” Mokaya said. “She was my only hope.”
Kenyan police shot and killed two people during riots by opposition supporters on the outskirts of Kisumu, a city where opposition leader Raila Odinga has strong support, according to police. Another five people were injured by gunfire in Kisumu.
Associated Press photographers saw police charging demonstrators and firing live rounds and tear gas in the Mathare area.
A mortuary official said nine bodies with gunshot wounds were brought to the Nairobi morgue from Mathare.
Protesters, some with rocks or sticks, ran for cover as they came under fire in another Nairobi slum, Kibera. One person was shot and killed in Kibera overnight, said Sam Ochieng, a former chairman for Odinga’s party there.
In recent days, opposition officials have described the election results as a fraud and claimed that Odinga, the 72-year-old Nasa leader, was the legitimate winner.
Kenyans had endured a tense three-day wait while a definitive count was done of the ballots from more than 40,000 polling stations.