NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya’s main opposition leader accused the police of killing more than 215 people since a disputed vote in August and described the arrest of a colleague who is pushing for electoral reform as political intimidation.
“Innocent Kenyans” died at the hands of “trigger-happy police officers,” Raila Odinga, who competed in the Aug. 8 election but withdrew from a rerun, said Monday in a televised press briefing. Police spokesman Charles Owino said by phone he wasn’t immediately able to comment on the allegations.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in last week for a second term following three months of electoral uncertainty. Odinga called the October rerun a sham after electoral authorities failed to implement reforms his National Super Alliance demanded.