On October 26, Kenya held its second presidential election two months after the Supreme Court nullified the results of the August 8 polls after a successful legal challenge by the main opposition candidate, Raila Odinga.
While the full extent of the violence is still unclear, credible sources indicate the casualties appear to be in the dozens.
A Kenyan human rights body announced on Wednesday that police killed 13 people before, during, and after the October 26 vote.
On October 30, Uhuru Kenyatta was once again proclaimed the winner – but the result was quickly rejected by Odinga and his supporters.
Okiya Omtatah, an activist, has asked the Supreme Court to nullify the election, arguing it was voided by Odinga’s withdrawal.
The Independent Medico Legal Unit (IMLU) documented violations, and said police responded to riots using indiscriminate force, especially in opposition strongholds.
So far, Kenyan police have grossly underestimated the scale of the abuses this year.
The head of MUHURI said his organization was targeted because of its involvement in filing elections petitions.
He believed the board’s action amounted to a “witch-hunt.” This is not the first time the board has targeted civil society organizations that were critical of the government or that challenged the credibility of results during this election season.
The elections were marred by serious human rights violations by Kenyan security forces, who used excessive force to break up protests and carry out house-to-house operations particularly in opposition strongholds in Nairobi and western Kenya.