Two Kenyan opposition protesters die after court confirms election result

Two Kenyan opposition protesters die after court confirms election result

At least two people have died in opposition protests in Kenya after the country’s Supreme Court upheld President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win in last month’s repeat election.

Police chief Enoch Maloba confirmed that one protester was shot dead by anti-riot police in the Kibra area of the capital, Nairobi.

And in western Kenya, Migori county police chief Joseph Nthenge said one person was shot dead by anti-riot police who were battling with protesters blocking a road.

Two Kenyan opposition protesters die after court confirms election result

Mr Kenyatta has not commented publicly on the court decision.

The Supreme Court endorsed Mr Kenyatta’s re-election in a repeat vote that the opposition boycotted while saying electoral reforms had not been made.

The decision appeared to put an end to a months-long political drama never seen in Africa that has left dozens dead.

The court dismissed challenges by human rights activists and a politician who argued that last month’s election was not conducted according to the law.

The court in September nullified the August presidential election over irregularities and ordered a new vote held last month.

It was the first time a court in Africa has overturned a presidential election.

Two Kenyan opposition protesters die after court confirms election result

Opposition leader Raila Odinga, whose legal challenge led to the nullification, then boycotted the repeat election and rejected Mr Kenyatta’s overwhelming win.

In some opposition strongholds, the repeat vote could not be carried out amid unrest.

Mr Odinga is now asking for international intervention as violent protests continue.

Kenya "was being pushed to the precipice", he said on Sunday.

Dozens of people have been killed in clashes since the August vote, which kicked off months of uncertainty in East Africa’s economic hub.

With this weekend’s death toll nearly 100 people have died in the political unrest, the majority opposition demonstrators shot by police during protests.

There had been concerns about intimidation of the justices, who failed to muster a quorum to decide on a last-minute petition that sought to postpone last month’s election.

One justice’s bodyguard was shot and seriously wounded hours before the expected judgment.


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