Kenyan Election Result: Mathare Youths Protest Over Rigging Claims

Following reports about an alleged hack into the IEBC website, Mathare youths began a mass protest in reaction to the claims that the just concluded elections have rigged.

The youth reportedly blocked Juja Road by erecting a barricade of stones across the road before anti-riot police moved in to unblock the road.

The Mathare youths claimed that there would be no peace in the country is Uhuru Kenyatta “manipulates his way into the Presidential seat again.

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This comes just after Raila Odinga claimed that IEBC’s website had been hacked and refused to accept the figures reported by their website.

Protests similar to the Mathare youths protests have been reported in Huruma and Kisumu so far as provisional results keep trickling in, giving Jubilee party’s Uhuru Kenyatta the upper hand after garnering 7738771 votes (54.41%) to Raila’s 6360436 votes (44.72%) with less than 2000 polling stations to go.

Meanwhile, the IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati has assured that the body is conducting investigations regarding claims of hacking.

Chebukati who was speaking during a press conference failed to confirm or deny allegations made by NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga that the IEBC servers were hacked and results manipulated.

The chair said that as at now he could not ascertain whether the system, which was meant to transmit results from the polling stations, was tampered with.

“If there are claims we will look into them but as for now I cannot say whether or not the system has been hacked,” he said, adding that the body would come up with an investigative system and a methodology to establish whether the claims were true.

Speaking about the long awaited election result, Chebukati reiterated that the results, which were being relayed from the different centres, are not final since the body had to confirm them before making the final announcement.

He also said that the form 34As which have the final results from various polling stations were available to the political party agents and would be uploaded to the public portal.

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While the country waits for the result, the  Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has urged Kenyans to still keep their peace and remain violent free.

Speaking from his office at Harambee House Wednesday morning, Matiang’i also congratulated the nation for the good voter turnout and assured everyone that security was in check.

He, however, warned that those caught spreading hate on social media would be dealt with accordingly.