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Global community urges calm after Kenya violence

Global community urges calm after Kenya violence

Four people were killed in western Kenya yesterday in fresh violence linked to the disputed presidential poll, prompting the international community to appeal for calm and police to beef up security.
One victim had been looting in the western city of Kisumu, an opposition stronghold which was one of the areas hardest hit by rioting that erupted on Saturday.
"The thug was among a gang that was looting property in town. More than 10 others have been arrested," Nyanza province police chief Grace Kaindi told Agence France-Presse.
Three other bodies with gunshot wounds were recovered on a road leading to the city's main Kondele slum.
"These bodies were found on a foot path near the town with gunshot wounds," said Michael Baraza, a top provincial police official. Witnesses said the men were also part of a group of looters.
A total of 10 people have been killed across the country in election-related violence since the vote on Thursday.
The vote tallying process that has dragged on for three days saw Kenya's opposition challenger Raila Odinga's early lead almost canceled out, with pending constituencies expected to favor incumbent Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki.
On Saturday, angry supporters of Odinga's Orange Democratic Movement went on a rampage for several hours, burning tires and looting shops, but police came out in force and blocked attempts to protest in Kisumu and the towns of Nakuru and Eldoret.
"We have put a lot of contingencies on the ground to reinforce security in the country," police spokesman Eric Kiraithe told AFP.
"The Electoral Commission of Kenya should announce the winner because the more it waits, the more tension will flare up again," a top police official also said.
Hundreds of paramilitary police ringed the central tallying center in Nairobi, amid fears disgruntled Odinga supporters from Nairobi's slums could take to the streets again if Kibaki is declared the winner.
"I am urging our opponents to restrain themselves and let the Electoral Commission of Kenya carry out its constitutional mandate," said Ngari Gituku, spokesman for Kibaki's Party of National Unity.


Updated : 2021-07-25 14:42 GMT+08:00