by David Musyoka NAIROBI
(Xinhua) -- Kenyan police have on Sunday
dismissed reports that over 100 people have been killed in the past
two days following the release of presidential election results in
which incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta won.
Police spokesman George
Kinoti said only six people were killed in Nairobi and Kisumu in
Western Kenya in which armed criminals attacked police officers
attempting to effect arrest, resulting in the killing of the
"We are also aware of a very sad and unfortunate incident in
which a nine-year old girl was shot dead while in their houses in
Mathare, in Nairobi by unknown persons," Kinoti said in a statement
issued in Nairobi.
He said two criminals were shot dead while breaking into a
supermarket in Nairobi’s Ruaraka estate. "When challenged to
surrender, they attacked the law enforcement officers with machetes
with intent to harm them," Kinoti said.
He said a third person was killed in Starehe residential estate
in Nairobi while in a group of 25 armed with assorted crude weapons
breaking into private houses after charging at police officers.
Kinoti said two other criminals were fatally neutralized after a
gang of six broke into a shop in a residential estate in Nairobi.
"As police pursued them, they fired at the police officers who
fired back in defence," Kinoti said.
The police spokesman said the sixth person was killed in the
lakeside Western city of Kisumu when a criminal was shot after a
large riotous mob blocked a road and barricaded it with bonfires and
stones and attacked motorists and pedestrians.
"The police officers attempted to effect the arrest were also
attacked," Kinoti said, noting that another dead body was discovered
alongside a road with fresh wounds in a slum in Nairobi but
circumstances of the killing remains unknown.
"We wish to inform the public that we are investigating a number
of individuals suspected of incitement to violence, either directly
or through intemperate social media postings with a view of
effecting arrest for prosecution before the court of law," Kinoti
"We urge all Kenyans to avoid re-circulating photos that are not
verified as real.
"They are being used to incite and undermine our security.
"The police are prepared professionally to protect lives and
property from violent rioters," he said.
The statement comes after the opposition coalition said Saturday
at least 100 people were killed by the police responding to protests
which erupted after the announcement of the presidential election
results on Friday.
However, state-funded Kenya National Commission on Human Rights
said 24 people have been killed across the country from police
brutality since Aug. 8.