The situation is still tense, in Kenya, 24 hours after the re-election of Uhuru Kenyatta. In several slums in Nairobi, but also in the west of the country, more than a dozen people have died this Saturday, August 12th. The opposition has continued to tighten its tone and claims, without providing any evidence at this time, that about 100 people have been killed by the security forces. The authorities deny any political repression, denounce looting and criminal acts.
According to the news agencies, eight bodies were deposited at the Nairobi morgue. Most of the victims were registered in the Kenyan capital, especially in the slums of Matharé and Kibera. One killed was also reported in Kisumu County, Raila Odinga stronghold in the western part of the country, and another in neighboring Siaya County.
But the opposition is pitching its positions and announcing that more than 100 people have been killed in the repression of the riots. ” The Minister of the Interior and the police have agreed. They decided to shoot to kill, “said Senator Johnston Muthama. Asked how the opposition could advance the figure of at least 100 victims? The elect replies that these bodies are not visible in the morgues. They were said to have been put in sacks and hidden in order to conceal the evidence.
” It is a state of terror, a fascist regime,” reacted former minister James Orengo. He argues that an elite paramilitary unit, specially trained to deal with riots, would be at work. ” To find these victims, normally you should go to the morgue. But this time they are ahead. They put these bodies in bags. And where these bags go is very difficult to know. These bags had been distributed before the election. We had alerted, but no one listened to us. This repression has been meticulously prepared. They knew they were going to steal the vote, that people would be unhappy. Everything was ready to suppress.”
Politicians divide us, especially at the ethnic level. But in addition to Kibera, people are hungry and have no work. They can be handled more easily.
The opposition has decided for the moment to calm the game vis-à-vis its supporters. Opposition MP Kibera Ken Okoth spoke to them. ” Stay calm and stay away from dangerous areas. Do not play up against the police, she’s better armed than you. The elected official said he had tried to meet the rioters in the shantytown. But the police prevented him. “Our armed forces should take care of the Shebab terrorists instead of killing Kenyans,” he added.
People went out into the streets and the forces of law and order made excessive use of force. They even pulled people out of their homes, beat them. They injured a large number of them.
According to the authorities, this is looting
On the government side, it is said that protests are not political demonstrations and that the police are doing their duty. Fred Matiang’i, the Minister of the Interior, spoke at midday on the ongoing violence. ” There are no demonstrations going on in the country. Because if peaceful demonstrations and strikes are protected by the Constitution, “he said.
The minister says that these are criminal acts and looting. ” On the other hand, individuals and gangs who loot shops, endanger the lives of others and burglarize businesses are not demonstrators, they are criminals. How these criminals are treated depends on the circumstances in which they are caught and the degree of violence they are using against the security forces. ”
Fred Matiang’i took the opportunity to call for calm. ” The professionalism of our police forces continues to grow, they are very well trained and ready to protect our fellow citizens. So I wish you all the request, my brothers and sisters Kenya: Kenya is our country, you have the right to express your disapproval, you have the right to be unhappy and you can demonstrate legally. ”
” We are also your brothers and sisters, we are your government and we have enough sense of responsibility to listen to you and take into account your complaints, whatever they may be. If you have a question, it is our responsibility to answer it. But please do not hurt one of your fellow citizens. ”
The opposition pits its positions
As for the election itself, the opposition coalition maintains that it will not take legal action. The Nasa is in a position of between two and everyone is waiting for Raila Odinga to speak. But the opponent remains silent for the moment.
Marietje Shaake, the head of the European Union Election Observation Mission, does not understand the positions of the opposition.
“I am surprised that they refuse to file remedies because during the process the opposition has gone to court many times, ” she recalls. So I think that there is only one option, to go to the electoral commission and to the justice system. I was also surprised that they questioned our impartiality. We are totally independent, including our own diplomats stationed here. We can go against the advice of our chancelleries, that is what the European Union wanted. ”
” Now it’s up to the political leaders to take responsibility, ” she says. The voters have spoken, if some are dissatisfied with the result, they can challenge it, it’s legitimate, but you have to go through the courts. So I will not prejudge who is on the street demonstrating. But I think violence does not bring anything to anyone. Everyone is losing and I hope that influential people will take responsibility. There are deep scars associated with past electoral violence. But enormous efforts have been made by civil society, religious, to improve coexistence here in Kenya. ”