(AL Jazeera News) – The United Nations has urged Kenya’s defeated opposition to calm its supporters after claims of election rigging sparked violent protests that officials say left 11 people dead.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on defeated candidate Raila Odinga to “send a clear message to his supporters urging them to refrain from violence,” a statement on Saturday said.
Police opened fire to disperse protesters who blocked roads and set up barricades in the capital, Nairobi, on Saturday, a day after incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of the presidential poll.
Kenya is no stranger to post-election violence and scars still run deep from a disputed 2007 vote that led to two months of ethno-political clashes, leaving 1,100 dead and 600,000 displaced.
There were also riots in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu where supporters of Odinga claim they have been robbed of victory.
A Kenyan human rights watchdog said at least 26 people have been killed in the post-election violence, while opposition leaders claim the death toll is much higher.
Source: Al Jazeera News Online