The Latest: UN concerned over shooting of Kenyan protesters

AP News
Posted: Aug 15, 2017 7:29 AM

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on the reactions to Kenya's elections (all times local):

2:25 p.m.

The United Nations human rights chief says he is concerned about reports that Kenyan security forces used live ammunition against protesters opposing results of the country's presidential election.

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said Tuesday that the government has the responsibility to ensure that security forces exercise restraint. The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights says at least 24 people have been shot dead by police since the Aug. 8 vote.

Zeid is also expressing concern that Kenya's oversight body for non-governmental organizations has called for the African Centre for Open Governance to be shut down and its directors arrested.

The NGO Coordination Board on Monday claimed it had de-registered the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights.


1:10 p.m.

United States President Donald Trump has congratulated Kenya's president on his re-election and the country for conducting "a peaceful, fair, and transparent contest."

Trump praised Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on his win to a second term, despite opposition leader Raila Odinga's allegation that the results were fraudulent.

A statement from the office of the White House press secretary said Tuesday the U.S. government is troubled by reports that demonstrations opposing Kenyatta's win have turned violent and urged Kenyans to resolve disputes lawfully.

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights said at least 24 people have been shot dead by police in protests rejecting the result of the presidential elections since the Aug. 8 vote. Kenya police claim that 10 people have been killed and said nearly all were committing crimes.


Associated Press writer Tom Odula in Nairobi, Kenya contributed.