NAIROBI, Kenya’s Human Rights Commission says 24 people have died in election-related violence but opposition politicians say the number of people killed is far higher.
On Saturday, riot police fired tear gas at protesters in opposition areas of the capital, Nairobi, after violence flared in the aftermath of the Aug 8 general election in which President Uhuru Kenyatta won re-election by defeating veteran politician Raila Odinga, a former prime minister.
Meanwhile, business people in Kenya have appealed to political leaders to put their differences aside amidst the sluggish economic activity caused by political tension.
Small business owners say political tension is disrupting their business. People are somehow anxious due to the former Prime Minister saying that he is the President and now they are thinking things are going to erupt the way they erupted in 2007,” said one business person, referring to the violence after the December 2007 elections in which more than 1,200 people are estimated to have been killed.
“The big role is to accept things for how they are, because we have accepted, as business people, the outcome of the election. So the main guys who are up there should accept, and tell the people that we accept it and things are okay, then I think things will get back to normal.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK