The Kenya Presidential seat was not only hotly contested, but proved to be bitterly divisive. The recalcitrant National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition claimed that the voting system had been hacked and thus, prevented their preferred candidate, Raila Odinga from clinching the much-coveted seat. Tension has been rising in the country throughout the week as top government officials and both sides held closed door meetings to discuss the way forward in regards to the announcement of the presidential election result.
As the country awaited the announcement in a pensive mood, Uhuru Kenyatta was finally declared the winner at around 10.15 p.m. EAT. Supporters of the opposition were, however, not satisfied and many places viewed as NASA strongholds are reported to have erupted into chaos. Parts of Kisumu such as Kondele and Manyatta and surrounding areas such as Maseno have been reported to be experiencing chaos including shootings. In Nairobi, NASA strongholds such as Mathare North, Huruma, Kariobangi North, and Kibera are also reported to be experiencing protests. One person was killed earlier in today in Kariobangi. Residents have been advised to avoid certain routes such as Outer Ring Road as the police are shooting live bullets. At the Southern Bypass, the road is impassable as protesters continue to block the roads and they are also stoning cars.
The story is, however, different in Jubilee strongholds as the people have geared up for a celebration after a long-awaited victory. The Thika Super Highway has been flooded with Jubilee supporters as they make their way towards Uhuru’s home area of Icaweri in Gatundu in jubilation and celebration. The just concluded elections have been nothing short of historical and the public bears mixed feelings. Communities affiliated with NASA feel that the elections were not free and fair while the Jubilee affiliates are highly satisfied with the results that have been posted by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.