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Infant among 37 killed in Kenya poll violence

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Kenya poll violenceFrom MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – KENYAN security forces have allegedly killed at least 37 people, including a six-month-old baby, in the aftermath of hotly-disputed polls in Kenya.
Rights groups lamented that the violations have continued as the East African country prepares for fresh polls towards the end of the month.
The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) said the toddler was killed in the volatile Kisumu County when was clobbered by armed security agents whilst under the care of its mother.
Other deaths were attributed to police using live bullets and a few from police bludgeoning using truncheons.
“Dozens more recuperated in hospitals and at home with various degrees of injuries and perhaps some continue to languish in silence,” the rights group said on Monday.
The alleged killings followed the announcement of incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner of the elections.
Supporters of Raila Odinga streamed to the streets in protest over alleged vote rigging.
In September the Supreme Court annulled the poll citing some irregularities and ordered fresh polls.
This has further strained relations in Kenya, which has a history of violent polls characterised by ethnic clashes.
An estimated 1 500 civilians were killed and 600 000 other displaced following the 2007/08 poll.
KNCHR condemned the prevailing tensions ahead of polls.
It noted the judiciary had come under from the incumbent attack following the annulment of polls.
The electoral commission has on the hand faced protests from opposition supporters with businesses looted and burnt in recent days.
“The political class must lead by example and remain true to the Electoral Code of Conduct that specifically calls upon them to condemn, avoid and take steps to prevent violence and intimidation,” KNCHR stated.
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