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'I chartered a plane to flee Kenya violence'
Businessman Prashant Shah is from Kisumu, in western Kenya, the home town of defeated presidential candidate Raila Odinga.

Anger at the election result has spilled into violence and several people have been killed in the town.

Kisumu's central business district
Prashant took this picture of central Kisumu on Sunday

I have just put 25 of my family and friends onto a plane that we chartered to fly to Nairobi and then on to Uganda.

We decided to get out last night. I am staying here because I have a lot of businesses and a lot of people still on my side.

I was born and brought up in Kisumu. I can't leave my fellow workers. I run a transport business and we've also got a hardware shop.

I didn't vote in the election, there were a lot of people at the voting station and it was too crowded.

I think Raila Odinga won and the result was rigged

There has been a lot of trouble over the past 48 hours.

It started when there was a delay in the election results and it got worse when the results were finally announced.

I think Raila Odinga won and the result was rigged. Everything has gone haywire.

On Saturday everything in Kisumu was looted. About 12 or 13 shops in the central business district were burned down. All the shops are now empty.

I live near Nyalenda, a district in Kisumu. I was at home at the time of the trouble, but we saw a couple of things while it was happening. Property, people - everything was under attack.

It wasn't safe to go out, anyone crossing the street was vulnerable.

Picture: Prashant Shah
Burned shops in Kisumu's central business district

I think the rioters were from the outskirts of Kisumu. I think they are just people taking advantage of the situation.

Today is much calmer, we do not hear anything going on. The army is on the boundaries of the town, trying to prevent people - looters - coming into the centre.

Kisumu central business district is like a ghost town, it will take a long time to repair. I can't see there being any business for the next six to eight months, although my shops are OK at the moment.

We hope the situation will settle down in the coming days. But it's hard to know what will happen.


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