Kenya deploys police amid tension

NAIROBI — Kenyan police deployed forces Sunday in the capital and the lakeside city of Kisumu to contain the continuing threat of violence after five people were killed in riots Saturday, officials said, but the country remained mostly peaceful after a court upheld Uhuru Kenyatta’s election as president.

Rowdy youths in Nairobi’s slums were still trying to protest the Supreme Court’s ruling against Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s challenge to the validity of Kenyatta’s win, Nairobi police officials said Sunday.

At least three people rioting in Nairobi’s Dandora slum were shot to death by police Saturday, authorities said, bringing to five the number of people killed in postelection violence since the court’s verdict was given Saturday.


Two people were killed and five seriously injured Saturday in riots in Kisumu, Odinga’s hometown, said Ole Metito, police chief for Nyanza Province.

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The incidents Saturday threatened to disrupt the peace across most of Kenya, which five years ago degenerated into deadly violence stemming from a disputed election. But police said the heavy presence of forces Sunday in trouble spots — especially slum areas where many of Odinga’s supporters live — was likely to deter protesters still angry over Kenyatta’s court victory.

An unexploded bomb was discovered inside a minibus at a Nairobi bus stop on Sunday, police said. ‘‘There is tension obviously, but with the deployment of officers we have done we don’t anticipate anything,’’ said Moses Ombati, the deputy police chief for Nairobi.

Although Odinga accepted the court’s decision, some of his supporters reacted angrily to his loss.

Associated Press