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Girl shot dead while ‘playing’ in Kenya protests

Protesters run away after riot police fired live rounds in the Kibera slum in Nairobi
Image: Protesters run away after riot police fired live rounds in the Kibera slum in Nairobi

A nine-year-old girl has been killed while playing with her friends during protests over the election result in Kenya.

She’s among up to twelve people reportedly shot dead during demonstrations in the western city of Kisumu and slums around Nairobi.

Wycliff Mokaya said his daughter was killed by a stray bullet while on their third-floor balcony in the capital’s Mathare slum.

“I was watching her play with her friends when she suddenly fell down,” Mr Mokaya said. “She was my only hope.”

His daughter is one of a growing number of people killed during protests following the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

A barricade is set on fire in Mathare, Nairobi, during the protests
Image: A barricade is set on fire in Mathare, Nairobi, during the protests

Kenya’s opposition has accused the security forces of killing more than 100 people including children but has not produced any proof of their claims.

A senior member of the opposition coalition (NASA) James Orengo also claimed police had provoked the violence and urged supporters to stay out of harms way.

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

The official believed the men had been killed by police in anti-looting operations.

Two more fatal shootings have also been confirmed on the outskirts of Kisumu, an area where opposition leader Raila Odinga enjoys strong support.

Residents plead with Kenyan security forces as they conduct an operation in Mathare
Image: Residents plead with Kenyan security forces as they conduct an operation in Mathare

Demo/Purchasenstrations have largely taken place in opposition strongholds, but have generated comparisons with the disputed 2007 election which led to two months of ethno-political violence that left 1,100 people dead.

Protests in the Kawangware slum in Nairobi have left burning tyres, debris and looted shops following running battles between opposition supporters and police.

Mr Odinga has claimed his loss was down to vote rigging and said the election was a “charade”.

The 72-year-old politician has now had four unsuccessful attempts to win the presidency.

Riot police arrive to disperse the protesters in Mathare
Image: Riot police arrive to disperse the protesters in Mathare

But Kenya’s main domestic poll monitoring organisation, ELOG, says it has found no evidence to suggest the election was manipulated or inaccurate.

The group’s own vote tally projected 54% of the vote for President Uhuru Kenyatta, compared to the official count of 54.3%, which ELOG said was well within their 1.9% margin of error.

Mr Kenyatta, 55, is a wealthy businessman and the son of Kenya’s first president.

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

He added: “I reach out to you. I reach out to all your supporters. To our brothers, our worthy competitors, we are not enemies, we are all citizens of the same republic.”

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