Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has been re-elected into power following Tuesday’s election, officials say. Kenyatta took 54.3% of votes, ahead of his rival Raila Odinga, with 44.7%.
He has called for unity, telling opposition supporters: “I reach out to you… We are all citizens of the same republic”
The opposition rejected the results even before they were declared, calling the process a “charade”.
On the other hand, international observers including former U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry have called the elections “credible and peaceful”.
Angry protests started a few days ago in the city of Kisumu – an opposition stronghold – and in various slums of the capital Nairobi, including Kibera, where businesses are said to have been attacked.
Police, who were deployed in anticipation of the results, have fired tear gas in several locations, fires have been lit by protesters on a road in the heart of Kisumu and gunshots have also been heard, a BBC reporter says.
However, no one was sure how further the attacks and fires will go once the election results have been announced.
Now they have been announced, all Kenyans can do is wait.
Kenya has seen post-election violence. In 2007, more than 1,100 Kenyans died and 600,000 were displaced when violence erupted after the general elections of that year.
“We have seen the results of political violence. And I am certain that there is no single Kenyan who would wish for us to go back to this,” Kenyatta said.
Odinga who is currently 72 years old and will be ineligible to contest in any future elections is ready to fight the results with everything he’s got. He has absolutely nothing to loose.
An opposition leader James Orengo has said that Odinga and his party will not be taking their issues to court.
“Nobody should think this is the end of the matter,” he said.
Again, we have another African country with men battling for the number one spot at the expense of the masses they claim to want to be servants to.
With the tense environment in the country and the groups championing Buhari’s 2019 re-election, do you see Nigeria facing the same challenges in the next presidential elections?
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