Two shot dead in Kenya election protests

Mr Norman Magaya the head of Nasa’s

Mr Norman Magaya the head of Nasa’s

Mr Kenyatta won with a decisive 54% of the vote to almost 45% for Mr Odinga, but the bitter dispute over the integrity of the election process tempered what many Kenyans had hoped would be a celebration of democracy in a regional power known for its economic promise and long-term stability.

The chaos in the Nairobi slums of Mathare and Kibera, as well as in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu city, contrasted with widespread calm - and celebrations in some areas - in the country of 45 million after Kenya's election commission said late Friday that President Uhuru Kenyatta won a second term. Another five people were injured by gunfire in Kisumu, Katana said.

Oburu Odinga says the government should stop "the random killing of our people". The government accused "criminals" of taking advantage of the tense election period to loot and destroy property.

Kenyans on Friday awaited the official results of Tuesday's disputed election as hundreds of riot police patrolled Nairobi's central business district and opposition supporters burned tires and blocked roads in several areas.

In the southwestern town of Siaya, a police officer speaking on condition of anonymity said a man had been shot dead in protests, but "we have not managed to collect the body. because of resistance from protesters".

The unrest also exposed divisions in a society where poverty and government corruption have angered large numbers of Kenyans, including those who have been protesting in the slums and see Odinga as a voice for their grievances. Police also fired guns into the air. He said the men were killed in anti-looting operations by the police.

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Kenyatta, the 55-year-old son of Kenya's first president after independence from Britain, appealed for calm and unity after the bitter campaign. The Opposition, led by Raila Odinga, had rejected the August 8 election as a "charade".

"We have seen the results of political violence and I am certain there is no single Kenyan who would wish to go back to those days", Kenyatta said. Odinga has alleged that the election was rigged.

A series of election observers and western officials have advised the losers in this year's election to accept defeat.

"It is important for all of the candidates to allow the process to be transparently put to the test", former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is observing the election on behalf of the Carter Center, told CNN.

The charity Doctor Without Borders (MSF) on its Twitter feed said that 19 people had been wounded in Mathare alone. "The streets do not".

On Saturday Kenya's main poll monitoring organisation, Elections Observation Group (ELOG), said it had found no evidence to suggest this week's election had been manipulated or that the result was inaccurate.