Interactive Map: Post-election death toll at least 26 in Kenya

Below is an interactive map that traces dozens of the post-election deaths in Kenya among protesters and alleged looters, as well as several local incidents of voter fraud.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announcement of incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory over his longtime rival Raila Odinga led to a spate of demonstrations in opposition strongholds, particularly due to claims of manipulated results.

To be sure, the IEBC issued a detailed takedown in response to any notion that hackers had tampered with election data.
Odinga’s colleagues then pressed forward with an equally important issue at a 12 August press conference: the excessive force that police had used on demonstrators. They claimed over 100 people had been killed in post-election violence.
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Kenyan opposition showing alleged police bullet casings from Kibera, Nairobi

 

While they did not provide any specific evidence for the hundred-plus deaths, Kenyan police have a record of taking a senselessly trigger-happy approach to both petty criminals and mass protesters. So, in the context of post-election tensions, the human toll likely was going to involve some level of tragedy.

The Kenyan government has argued, on the other hand, that armed protesters and looters have been leveraging post-election uncertainty for their own nefarious purposes, and the National Police Service admitted publicly in a Facebook post that it was responsible for killing six alleged aggravators.

As of 13 August, the protests had quelled down a bit. But there was still uncertainty about how the opposition would choose to rally its supporters moving forward. Odinga told supporters to boycott work (which seemed like an ironic suggestion for a candidate popular among the poor) while a fellow party member who was elected governor of Kisumu county told residents to return to their jobs.

Odinga is set to issue a more specific pathway forward on Tuesday in reaction to polls that foreign observers largely called free and fair.



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