A total of 93 people have sustained various injuries and received medical care, the Kenya Red Cross Society has said.
Secretary general Abbas Gullet has said that since Friday evening, parts of Nairobi and Nyanza experienced a breakout of violence, where young rioters engaged the police in running battles.
He said in Nairobi county, there were nine causalities reported in Kibera and 27 cases in Mathare 4A and Mathare North, who were taken to the Kenyatta National, Aga Khan University and M P Shah hospitals.
“In Kisumu county, similar incidents were reported in the Kondele, Manyatta and Car Wash areas, where 14 cases were attended to by KRCS and evacuated to the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital. An additional 12 cases were reported in Migori county, five cases in Homa Bay county and one in Busia county,” Gullet said in a statement yesterday.
He noted that Red Cross personnel have been experiencing difficulty accessing parts of Nairobi and Nyanza where violence broke out and were initially unable to respond promptly.
“In some areas, we encountered youth manning various roadblocks, but were later granted access upon realising it was the Kenya Red Cross Society,” Gullet stated.
Three of the previous four general elections in Kenya were marred by violence, including the 2007-08 post-election violence where more than 1,100 people were killed and 650,000 displaced.
Gullet urged Kenyans to support the Red Cross emergency response to affected areas to swiftly and smoothly alleviate human suffering.
He further reiterated that KRCS did not supply any body bags to the Kenya Police, any person or institution. Gullet urged all Kenyans to uphold the peace.
Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch has urged security agencies to exercise restraint in dealing with protests taking place as a response to the election results announced on Friday evening.
“With growing reports of demonstrations and heavy gunfire in some areas, it is important for security forces to work to deescalate – not escalate – the violence. The police should not use teargas or live ammunition simply because they consider a gathering unlawful,” Otsieno Namwaya, Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch, said.
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