Kenya election 2017: Riots break out in opposition stronghold over contested result

Kenya election 2017: Riots break out in opposition stronghold over contested result

A witness says hundreds of protesters are rioting in Kisumu, a city in southwestern Kenya that is a stronghold of opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Kenyan journalist Fred Ooko says people from the Kondele slum in Kisumu burned tires and blocked roads on Wednesday. Kisumu, a port city on Lake Victoria, is one of Kenya’s largest urban centers.

Authorities have been concerned about possible violence following elections on Tuesday. Opposition leader Raila Odinga has alleged fraud following the release of results showing him trailing President Uhuru Kenyatta by a wide margin.

Protesters in Kisumu say police are shooting at them and using tear gas amid anger over the election results.

Sebastian Omolo told The Associated Press that chaos broke out as soon as Mr Odinga finished speaking on television. Mr Odinga said hackers infiltrated the database of the country’s election commission and manipulated Tuesday’s voting results in what he calls an “attack on our democracy.”

Results show President Uhuru Kenyatta with a wide lead after votes from the vast majority of polling stations were counted.

Kisumu shopkeeper Festus Odhiambo says he is praying for peace even as roads into the city’s slums have been blocked by bonfires and boulders.

The city has been a flashpoint in past elections.

Elsewhere, police said officers opened fire on people protesting in another opposition stronghold in southwestern Kenya, killing 1 person.

Leonard Katana, a regional police commander, said the shooting happened on Wednesday when protesters clashed with security forces in the South Mugirango constituency in Kisii County.

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