Kenya’s opposition NASA has said that over 100 people have been killed in the ongoing post-election violence in the country.
James Orengo, from the opposition coalition National Super Alliance (NASA), said on Saturday that 100 people had died during violence that erupted after Uhuru Kenyatta was on Friday declared the winner of the presidential election.
According to Orengo it had all been pre-planned.
“This state terror is being executed following a very meticulous preparation,” he said. “They knew they would steal an election, so all the instruments were put in place.”
In Kibera region a community leader, identified only as Otieno, told press that he had been able to confirm four deaths in Kibera, but feared there could have been many more.
“They are gunning down my people but we don’t know exactly how many because they have taken most of the bodies away,” he said.
“We have not been given the freedom to demonstrate as guaranteed by the constitution so long as we are peaceful, and yet they are killing innocent people.”
But the government, whose supporters have also taken to the streets in celebration, called protesters looters and gangsters. “Let’s be honest – there are no demonstrations happening,” Mr Matiangi said. “They are criminals and we expect police to deal with criminals how criminals should be dealt with.”
Mr Odinga, who had previously instructed supporters in Kibera to gather at Nairobi’s Uhuru Park, has been conspicuously silent for the past three days, leaving the seething discontent caused by his defeat without leadership or direction.
In a country bitterly divided along ethnic lines, many of his fellow Luos have begun to turn on the President’s Kikuyu tribe, in a disturbing echo of the bloodshed that claimed 1300 lives after Mr Odinga lost an election in 2007. Although the violence of the past 24 days does not remotely compare to that of 10 years ago, Kikuyus and their property have again been attacked.
The Kenya Human Rights Commission said it had registered 24 deaths since the Tuesday election, most of them in the capital, Nairobi.