Over 1,300 people have been confirmed dead or seriously wounded in Kenyan protests

See the chaotic scenes as Kenya elects new president Uhuru Kenyatta after a contested election

The death toll from a stampede caused by violent protests over Kenya’s disputed presidential election has risen to over 1,300 people, police and health officials say, as the country moves from uncertainty to grief.

Hundreds of people were reported missing, with some feared dead after fleeing the mayhem and others trapped in buildings during the early hours of the morning.

The new President Uhuru Kenyatta will be sworn in on Friday, along with more than half the country’s lawmakers to pick a new parliament.

Hundreds of people were reported missing; some feared dead

The death toll from a stampede caused by violent protests over Kenya’s disputed presidential election has risen to over 1,300 people, police and health officials say, as the country moves from uncertainty to grief.

Hundreds of people were reported missing, with some feared dead after fleeing the mayhem and others trapped in buildings during the early hours of the morning. In pictures: Chaos and violence as Kenyans protest against President Uhuru Kenyatta

In pictures: Chaos and violence as Kenyans protest against President Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenyans have long struggled with governance and corruption in a country that has not experienced a single peaceful transfer of power from one president to another since independence in 1961.

But since Thursday, the nation has been gripped by mass protests over the result of the Aug. 16 election, which has been marred by allegations of fraud in favour of Kenyatta and against opposition leader Raila Odinga.

“Over 1,300 have been confirmed dead or seriously wounded. Many are young men and women who have died on the streets,” Nzimande said.

“My heart is broken for all of them and for the families of those who have been killed.”

Nzimande said police shot the crowd that had gathered in the central business district, before dispersing some by firing tear gas.

Kenyatta addressed the nation on Friday but was unable to comment on the deaths.

“Today, to the people of Kenya, I wish to speak to you, to give you a final message to give you a clear idea of who

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