Kenya police in running battles in opposition stronghold — Results of Kenya’s general elections no being easily accepted

Peace and Freedom

AFP

© AFP | Voting in Kenya’s general elections passed without incident but as provisional results began ticking up on the election commission website President Uhuru Kenyatta maintained a commanding lead with about 55 percent to Odinga’s 44 percent

KISUMU (KENYA) (AFP) – Riot police engaged in running battles Wednesday with protesters in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu in western Kenya, as presidential aspirant Raila Odinga claimed massive poll fraud, an AFP reporter witnessed.

Police fired tear gas as several hundred protesters in the neighbourhood of Kondele — an epicentre of violence after disputed 2007 polls — set fire to barricades and tyres and placed rocks in the streets.

A police helicopter hovered overhead as riot police wielding shields, assault rifles and batons deployed two water trucks to put out the fires.

“If Raila is not president, we can’t have peace,” one protester told AFP shortly before tear gas sent the…

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