More people have died in Kenya on the second day of banned protests against the disputed presidential elections of 27 December.
Fresh clashes broke out between police and supporters of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) in the western towns of Kisumu and Eldoret and in Mathare and Kibera slums in the capital, where the party has a strong support base especially among disenfranchised youth.
The opposition party Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) claims seven people were shot dead by police in Mathare, where protesters burned tyres and barricades. Further, international sources quote witnesses as saying that two or possibly three people were killed in Kisumu. However, the exact death toll remains unclear.
Sources contacted by Missionary Service News Agency in Nairobi report that, alongside the opposition protests, citizens of diverse ethnic and political affiliations have been staging parallel peaceful demonstrations against the course of action being taken by their leaders at the expense of ordinary Kenyans.
Meanwhile the European parliament has given its unanimous backing to a resolution calling on the European Union to suspend aid to the government of Kenya over its handling of the crisis.
Instead the United Nations has launched a $34 million appeal to help people affected by the post-election violence, which has left well over 600 people dead