NAIROBI, Kenya (AP)- The office of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta says recent protests over the country’s disputed election have been violent and unlawful.
Presidential spokesman Manoah Esipisu said Sunday that any peaceful protests are a constitutional right and would be protected by police.
“But sadly, we have seen violent protests, in which property has been damaged, and lives have been endangered,” Esipisu said. “The violent protests are unlawful, so let me be perfectly clear here: The police will not tolerate breaches of the peace; instead, they will protect the lives and property of Kenyans; and they will restore law and order.”
Opposition leader Raila Odinga said Tuesday’s election was rigged. The election commission denies the allegation and has declared that President Uhuru Kenyatta won a second term. Kenyan police deny a human rights report that they killed 24 people in election violence