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'Emotions running high in Kisumu'
File pic of Kisumu from 03/01/08
Kisumu has been a centre of discontent since the election
The BBC's Karen Allen is in the western opposition stronghold of Kisumu, where four people were killed on Wednesday. Speaking to the BBC's Newshour programme, she said there were unconfirmed reports that two more people had been killed on Thursday morning:

I'm in the compound of a family who have just buried their 13-year-old boy who was caught up in yesterday's clashes - his name is Salim Hamed.

We've just moved to the place where he was buried on the family plot. There are very high emotions as you can imagine among family members, but also among other people.

A little earlier - as the funeral got under way and when we had moved away from the mortuary at a gentle pace towards the family home - there was the arrival of a high-profile politician, Anyang Nyong'o. He is the secretary general of the ODM - Raila Odinga's party.

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What should have started off as a very dignified, slow move back to the family home turned effectively into a political rally.

Things have calmed down now, the family have had the chance to say their farewells, and to bury Salim Hamed, but as the funeral was under way we heard gunshots in the surrounding area.

I'm in the neighbourhood where we saw clashes yesterday, between police and protesters. We have unconfirmed reports that at least two people have died in protests this morning. We understand one of the dead is a child, possibly as young as five years old.

It's very hard to get accurate information here, but tensions are still running high.

The gunshots suggest that there are still running battles between police and protesters.

When we spoke to protesters last night and early this morning, they said they were going to maintain their right to protest, even though demonstrations have been banned by police.

All around me there are tyres that have been set alight there are telegraph poles which have been pulled to the ground and dragged across the road to form barricades - a sign of protest say the people who live here."




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