NAIROBI, KENYA—Incumbent Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner Sunday of Kenya's presidential election and hastily sworn in despite widespread concern over vote irregularities, sparking riots and tribal violence.
As smoke rose over parts of Nairobi, the capital, Kenya's emerging democracy also appeared to be smoldering. Before the chaotic count, which saw election officials leave and European Union observers turned away without access to tallies, analysts and diplomats had viewed Kenya as one of the most promising democracies in Africa.
After the 76-year-old president was sworn in for another five-year term, his challenger, opposition leader Raila Odinga, wiped away tears as he said a ruling clique was trying to rob Kenya of its democracy.
Odinga, 62, said he would be sworn in as the "people's president" in his own ceremony today and outlined plans for a parallel government. As he spoke, live television transmissions were cut.
There were reports of violence across the country. In Kibera, a Nairobi slum area and opposition stronghold, thousands of protesters armed with rocks, knives and machetes chanted, "No peace!"
Rampaging mobs burned shacks and kiosks and beat people up. Panic-stricken people fled the area, shouting that gangs of youths were stoning cars and attacking and robbing people. Police fired tear gas and live bullets to try to disperse the protesters.
But in Kibaki's strongholds, his supporters danced and sang.
The violence ran along tribal lines, as opposition supporters from the Luo tribe attacked those from Kibaki's Kikuyu tribe. Local media reported at least 13 people dead, including several protesters shot by police. At least 70 had died in earlier election-related violence.
According to the official result, Kibaki won 4,584,721 votes and Odinga had 4,352,993. Odinga was well ahead in counting Friday, but Saturday saw the tally steadily tilt in Kibaki's favor, triggering riots across Kenya.
"Kenyans will not accept the results of a rigged election," Odinga, the leader of the Orange Democratic Movement, had declared Sunday. "No force will stop Kenyans attaining what they want."
He said his party's figures indicated the election had been rigged by 300,000 votes.
The parliamentary vote, also held Thursday, had shown a massive repudiation of the government. Twenty government ministers lost their seats.
The chief of the European Union election observers in the country, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, reported evidence of irregularities.
"We regret that it has not been possible to address irregularities about which both the Election Observation Mission and the Electoral Commission of Kenya have evidence," he said in a statement Sunday, adding that "some doubt remains as to the accuracy of the result of the presidential election as announced today."
A welder, Michael Mulama, 47, of Nairobi, said he was dismayed and puzzled by the result. "Why has Mzee done this?" he said, using a Kenyan nickname for Kibaki that means wise old man. "Is the government happy when people are dying? This is really bad."
But at the swearing-in ceremony, just an hour after the result was announced, Kibaki insisted that the election was free and fair, and called for reconciliation and healing.
"I urge all of us to set aside the passions that were excited by the election process, and work together as one people with the single purpose of building a strong, united, prosperous and equitable country," he said.
Kenya is usually a haven of stability in one of the continent's most volatile regions. But tribalism determines voting patterns and often erupts into violence.