Odinga’s group the ODM had said that during the second day of protests, seven people were shot dead in Nairobi. This is day two of the planned 3-days of protests against the December 27 elections which the opposition claims that it was rigged in President Mwai Kibaki’s favor.
However, the police have denied the Odinga’s accusations that they went on a killing spree. They responded by saying that they have acted using restraint.
In response to the violence plaguing Kenya, politicians from the European Union have urged that it cut aid to the country’s government.
Odinga had said: “The government and the police have turned this country into killing fields of the innocent, executing at will in an unprecedented bloodlust that began long before elections took place.”
Odinga said that Kenya’s government issued an order to the police to shoot-to-kill. He adds that the police officers throughout the country have followed that order word per word.
So far, residents of the Mathare slum in Nairobi have backed Odinga’s claim of seven protesters being shot dead. Odinga has also produced the photographs and said one of them was an MP’s driver.
On Thursday, the United States has blamed both sides for the violence that had erupted throughout Kenya.
The EU unanimously backed a resolution to suspect aid in the form of 400 million Euros for the next five years to Kenya. Odinga had said that the world should impose sanctions on Kenya.
Over 600 people were killed in the violence, a quarter of a million people have been displaced by fleeing the violence, and 6,000 have fled to Uganda.