Back in 2007/08, pre grand coalition government days, hundreds of Kenyans lost their lives when violence broke out across the country after a hotly-contested presidential election that pitted the incumbent Mwai Kibaki against the Opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Kenyans and the world at large thought the country had learnt its lessons especially after the ICC cases that followed, that post poll skirmishes would be a thing of the past. They were wrong.
Soon after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman, Wafula Chebukati, declared Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of the 2017 presidential race on the night of Friday, August 11, supporters of his nemesis Raila Odinga, started night protests in his strongholds.
Youths engaged anti riot police in Kisumu, Nairobi and Migori counties as they protested results of the polls, following in the footsteps of the National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders who had said that Raila was robbed of victory, again.
Residents of Mathare, Kibera, Kawangware and Eastlands which is home to Nairobi’s informal settlements where the former Prime Minister enjoys massive support, still continue to barricade roads with rocks and bonfires as they clash with police.
We have come across photos from the aforementioned areas where anti-riot police armed with clubs and guns can be seen trying to bring and end to the impasse.
This even as the police continue to come under heavy criticism for using excessive force on the rioters. On Saturday, August 12, an innocent 10-year-old girl was fatally shot while playing with her siblings in their balcony in Mathare.
The Opposition had earlier in the day accused the Jubilee administration of extra-judicial killings saying the lethal force on protestors had led to over a hundred deaths. The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) put the toll at 24.
Acting Cabinet of Interior, CS Matiang’i however denied the claims saying he had no knowledge that police were using live bullets.