According to BBC, there were about forty bodies in Kisumu with gunshot wounds. The report was taken from the mortuary in Kisumi which is the stronghold of the opposition. Police had opened fire according to a witness.
Battles were taking place throughout the country from the slums of Nairobi to the coastal town of Mombasa,
The incumbent Mr. Mwai Kibaki was officially re-elected as president. The opposition candidate, Mr. Raila Odinga said that he was robbed of victory and accuses Mr. Kibaki and his clique of voting fraud.
On Thursday, Mr. Odinga called for a rally for at least a million-strong. Odinga’s supporters were barred by police from holding a mass alternative inauguration ceremony at the centre of Nairobi. It was a day after Mr. Kibaki was sworn into office again for his second term.
In Mr. Kibaki’s New Year’s message, he urged reconciliation but warned that action will be taken against the rioters. While Washington DC had congratulated President Kibaki; but, declined on Monday to repeat the congratulations.
The buildings located in Nairobi’s Kibera slums were torched. Youth gangs blockaded a nearby main road.
In Mombasa, hundreds of tourists were unable to leave the airport as they were trapped. This was due to the angry crowds on the streets setting fire to both the cars and the buildings.