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Police Deployed in Kenya in Anticipation of Protests against Election Results

NAIROBI – Kenyan police were deployed on Friday to different parts of the country in anticipation of possible protests against the announcement of the current president’s electoral victory.

The opposition coalition National Super Alliance (NASA) insisted Friday morning that Tuesday’s election was a fraud and again attributed the victory to its leader, Raila Odinga, under a supposed “true” count of the votes.

In anticipation of demonstrations against the expected official victory of Uhuru Kenyatta, police have already been deployed to Odinga’s main strongholds.

In the shantytown of Kibera (Nairobi), one of the main focus points of the wave of post-election violence that rocked the country in 2007, there is already a large police presence and tensions are high.

The same is true in Mathare, another suburb in which there is also a majority of Odinga supporters and in which two people were killed last Wednesday by police shots during a demonstration.

Also in Kisumu, police have already dispersed a group of demonstrators who had gathered in a central square to protest against the expected election announcement.

In 2007, Odinga also rejected the results, which gave rise to a wave of violence that killed 1,300 people and displaced more than 600,000.

 

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