2017 post election photos Kenyans hoped they’ll never see after ’07

Supporters of NASA leader Raila Odinga have been engaging anti-riot police in running battles since Wednesday.

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A group of demonstrators light bonfires on a road in Kibera slums on August 12, 2017 in protest of the presidential election results that showed President Uhuru Kenyatta had been re-elected for a second term. FILE/LARRY ASEGO/THE STAR

Back in 2007/08, pre grand coalition government days, hundreds of Kenyans lost their lives when violence broke out across the country after a hotly-contested presidential election that pitted the incumbent Mwai Kibaki against the Opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Kenyans and the world at large thought the country had learnt its lessons especially after the ICC cases that followed, that post poll skirmishes would be a thing of the past. They were wrong.

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A man believed to be a police officer in plain clothes waves a pistol at the protesting youth. /MOSOKU GEOFFREY | FACEBOOK

Soon after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman, Wafula Chebukati, declared Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of the 2017 presidential race on the night of Friday, August 11, supporters of his nemesis Raila Odinga, started night protests in his strongholds.

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Protesters in the estate display spent cartridges after police reportedly used live bullets to dispel the crowds. /MOSOKU GEOFFREY | FACEBOOK

Youths engaged anti riot police in Kisumu, Nairobi and Migori counties as they protested results of the polls, following in the footsteps of the National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders who had said that Raila was robbed of victory, again.

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Anti-riot police officers stand in Mathare watching the post-polls demonstrations. /MOSOKU GEOFFREY | FACEBOOK

Residents of Mathare, Kibera, Kawangware and Eastlands which is home to Nairobi’s informal settlements where the former Prime Minister enjoys massive support, still continue to barricade roads with rocks and bonfires as they clash with police.

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A bonfire that had been lit during the protests. Also, see the spent tear-gas canister on the ground. /MOSOKU GEOFFREY | FACEBOOK

Zipo.co.ke has come across photos from the aforementioned areas where anti-riot police armed with clubs and guns can be seen trying to bring and end to the impasse.

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The police stopped the youth from streaming into Thika Road from the Mathare area by forming a wall around them protesters. /MOSOKU GEOFFREY | FACEBOOK

This even as the police continue to come under heavy criticism for using excessive force on the rioters. On Saturday, August 12, an innocent 10-year-old girl was fatally shot while playing with her siblings in their balcony in Mathare.

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Post-election protests in Kibera on August 12, 2017. /STAR REPORTER

The Opposition had earlier in the day accused the Jubilee administration of extra-judicial killings saying the lethal force on protestors had led to over a hundred deaths. The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) put the toll at 24.

Kawangware protests. /GERALD ANDERSON | STANDARD

Acting Cabinet of Interior, CS Matiang’i however denied the claims saying he had no knowledge that police were using live bullets.

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A supporter of Opposition leader Raila Odinga, burns tyres during a protest in Kisumu after their political leader claimed massive fraud in the election, August 9, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS
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A woman reacts near the dead body of a protester in Mathare, Nairobi on August 9, 2017. PHOTO: THOMAS MUKOYA/REUTERS
A protestor is shot in Kisumu. /TWITTER