- Title: Kenya is calm says Interior minister, despite Nairobi unrest
- Date: 12th August 2017
- Summary: NAIROBI KENYA (AUGUST 12, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF KENYA KENYA'S INTERIOR MINISTER FRED MATIANG'I WITH OTHER SECURITY OFFICIALS WALKING TO THE PODIUM TO ADDRESS JOURNALISTS VARIOUS OF NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERIOR MINISTER, FRED MATIANG'I SAYING: "In spite of this general state, there have been erratic incidents of lawlessness in a few places such as Kibera in Nairobi and parts of Kisomo county. In these places, reports indicate that criminal elements have attempted to take advantage of the situation to loot and destroy property. The security forces have reported that they have responded appropriately and they have restored normalcy in most of these parts." VARIOUS OF OFFICIALS (SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERIOR MINISTER, FRED MATIANG'I, SAYING: "And even in those areas, let us be honest, fellow Kenyans, in all fairness, there are no demonstrations happening, because peaceful demonstrations and picketing are protected by the constitution. Our police always act according to the law." NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERIOR MINISTER, FRED MATIANG'I, SAYING: "But individuals or gangs that are looting shops, that want to endanger lives, that are breaking into people's businesses - those are not demonstrators, they are criminals. And we expect police to deal with criminals how criminals should be dealt with." OFFICIALS INTERIOR MINISTER FRED MATIANGI' WITH SECURITY OFFICIALS LEAVING THE NEWS CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 26th August 2017 12:57
- Keywords: Kenyan violence Kenya elections Fred Matiang'i
- Location: NAIROBI, KENYA
- City: NAIROBI, KENYA
- Country: Kenya
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA0016TUOABR
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- Story Text: Kenya's Interior Minister Fred Matiang'i said the country was largely calm on Saturday (August 12).
Matiang'i said there had been a few areas in Kisumu and Nairobi where there had been incidents of unrest.
The unrest erupted moments after Kenya's election commission announced late on Friday (August 11) that Kenyatta, 55, had secured a second five-year term in office, despite opposition allegations that the tally was a fraud.
Matiang'i said the trouble was localised and blamed it on "criminal elements" rather than legitimate political protest.
A security official said later that nine young men had been shot dead overnight in the Mathare slum district.
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