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'Nine-year-old shot dead' in Kenyan election riots

A nine-year-old Kenyan boy has reportedly been shot dead by police during attempts to control protests against the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, a witness said on Saturday.

It is thought the boy was hit by a stray bullet while standing on a balcony as police opened fire in Mathare, a slum area of Nairobi.

Earlier reports said the child was a girl, but the death has been confirmed by his family, AFP reports.

The death follows a night of unrest in the western city of Kisumu on Lake Victoria, and Nairobi’s overcrowded Kibera area. People in both areas are largely supportive of opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Mr Odinga has repeatedly alleged that Tuesday’s election was rigged, and has denounced the process as a “sham” and a “massive fraud”

News of the child’s death comes as Kenya’s main domestic poll monitoring organisation, ELOG, announced it had found no evidence to suggest the election was manipulated or inaccurate.

The organisation’s official vote tally projected a victory for Mr Kenyatta, giving him 54 per cent of the vote. The official count gave him 54.3 per cent, which is well within ELOG’s 1.9 per cent margin of error, Reuters reports.

At least five people have been killed in violent clashes since the results of Tuesday’s vote were announced.

On Friday Mr Kenyatta urged opponents to set aside differences and work together.

To our brothers, our worthy competitors, we are not enemies,” he said.  

“Elections come and go, Kenya is here to stay. There is no need for violence.”

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