- Title: Kenya opposition accuses police of killing 100 people
- Date: 12th August 2017
- Summary: NAIROBI, KENYA (AUGUST 12, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** OPPOSITION PARTY, NATIONAL SUPER ALLIANCE (NASA) OFFICIALS ARRIVING JOURNALISTS (SOUNDBITE) (English) NASA OFFICIAL, JOHNSON MUTHAMA, SAYING: "We want to confirm that over 100 innocent Kenyans have been killed, 10 of them children. Police also ferried their bodies away, putting them in bags, in body bags to hide evidence of unfolding brutality." VARIOUS OF JOURNALISTS (SOUNDBITE) (English) NASA OFFICIAL, JOHNSON MUTHAMA, SAYING: "The violence being vetted out on those defenceless citizens in their residential neighbourhoods is intended to subjugate the will of the people and NASA into submission. We will not be cowed, we will not relent." VARIOUS OF JOURNALIST WRITING IN NOTEBOOK (SOUNDBITE) (English) NASA OFFICIAL, JOHNSON MUTHAMA, SAYING: "We wish to assure the people that we have the will, the determination and the means to make sure that your vote will count at the end of the day. We shall do so, the culture of stealing elections with impunity in every five years must come to an end. NASA leadership will communicate our next course of action at the appropriate time. For now, we appeal to our supporters and Kenyans at large to stay out of harmâ€™s way." JOURNALISTS (SOUNDBITE) (English) NASA OFFICIAL, JAMES ORENGO, SAYING: "This time they are a little bit of a one step ahead. They are putting these bodies in body bags. Where those bodies are ending, it is very difficult to know. Again when these body bags were being distributed before the elections we raised an alarm but nobody listened, so this violence, this state terror is being executed following a very meticulous preparation. It is like they knew what they were going to do." NASA OFFICIALS LEAVING NEWS CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 26th August 2017 17:15
- Keywords: Nairobi Kenya NSA National Super Alliance Kenyans killed post election unrest Kenyan Election
- Location: NAIROBI, KENYA
- City: NAIROBI, KENYA
- Country: Kenya
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA0016TUOPC7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Kenya's opposition accused the security forces on Saturday (August 12) of killing more than 100 people, including children, in a crackdown on post-election unrest.
The party did not offer any proof, and Reuters has only been able to confirm 11 deaths nationwide.
Speaking at a news conference, James Orengo, a senior member of the National Super Alliance (NASA) opposition coalition, said police had provoked the violence, while his colleague, Johnson Muthama, said NASA would not be cowed or relent.
They called on people to "stay out of harm's way" saying that they would communicate the next course of action "at the appropriate time".
Kofi Annan, former head of the United Nations and a mediator during Kenya's post-election crisis a decade ago which saw 1,200 killed, warned political leaders in Kenya on Saturday (August 12) to be "careful with their rhetoric and actions".
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta secured a second term in office, results showed on Friday (August 11), setting off wild street celebrations by his supporters and protests in opposition strongholds in the capital and the west of the country.
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