Running battles between police and opposition stronghold residents continue to be reported
These are supporters of Raila Odinga protesting the declaration of Uhuru Kenyatta as the presidential race winner
However, acting Interior CS Matiangi has denied any knowledge of demonstrations, casualties or fatalities, says the country is safe and calm The acting Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiangi, has spoken following reports of chaos breaking out in opposition strongholds after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission declared incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner.
National Super Alliance claimed the poll had been rigged and according to their parallel tallies, Raila beat Uhuru buy hundreds of thousands of votes as opposed to IEBC’s results that show Uhuru leading the race by 1.5 million votes followed by Raila.
On Friday, August 11, after Uhuru was declared, reports begun coming in from Nairobi, Kisumu, Siaya and other opposition strongholds that Raila’s supporters had taken to the streets in protest. Speaking on Saturday, August 12, Matiangi claimed there had been no demonstrations in the opposition strongholds and that police had only been dealing with looters.
“Much of what is going round on social media is lies and destructive to our country. You have a right to feel displeasure and express it, just don’t hurt others. There is also no need for alarm because the country is secure,I have no knowledge of any casualties following there running battles in some areas. The doctrine of our police force is to protect, not attack citizens. I am not even aware of anyone who has been killed by live bullets in this country and police have not used any dis-appropriate force against any protestor in this country, “People who loot, break into people’s homes, burn buses are not peaceful protesters,” said Matiangi during his live press conference.His claim of no fatalities come even as reports continue to emerge that protestors were shot in Mathare and five others in Kondele, Kisumu. Police also had to use tear gas to disperse crowds in Eastlands and Kibera area, Narobi, and a number of estates in Migori county.