Kenya's opposition describes Kenyatta's win as a charade and a disaster

Mike Sonko is the former Senator of Nairobi County

In his comments after the results were announced, Wafula Chebukati, Kenya Electoral Commission chairman, declared that; "Countries around the world have been watching us closely".

The Kenyan opposition is harshly criticizing the government amid clashes between police and rioters that have killed a dozen people since the results of a disputed election were announced late Friday.

A security official said nine young men shot dead in the Mathare district overnight have now been bought to the city morgue.

Kenyatta, who promised to create 1.3 million jobs, got 54% of the vote to secure a second five-year term; Odinga, who vowed to fight corruption, received 45%.

He has called for unity following the election, saying "there is no need for violence".

One father said his nine-year-old daughter was killed by a stray bullet while on their third-floor balcony in Mathare.

Earlier in the day, opposition supporters burned tires and blocked roads in several areas.

Kenyan police say they shot and killed two people during riots overnight by opposition supporters after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the victor in elections overshadowed by fraud allegations.

Acting Interior Minister Fred Matiang'i said Saturday that "criminal elements have attempted to take advantage of the situation to loot and destroy property".

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga has rejected the election results, accusing the president's ruling party of hack the servers of the commission to rig the numbers in favor of Kenyatta. A senior traffic police officer said "there were four people killed when they were hit by vehicles while celebrating".

Hundreds of riot police were in the streets of the capital, Nairobi, amid fears of further protests by opposition supporters, who called the vote a "charade" and said challenging the outcome in court wasn't an option.

The gunfire rang out in the Nairobi slum of Kibera and in the southwestern city of Kisumu, the witnesses said.

According to AFP, demonstrations and running battles with police broke out in Nairobi slums after anger in opposition strongholds against an election that losing candidate Raila Odinga claims was massively rigged. Associated Press photographers saw police charging demonstrators and firing live rounds and tear gas in the Mathare area.

The election commission affirmed there was a hacking attempt but said it failed, and that Odinga's camp had no right to declare him the victor.



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