IEBC’s declaration of the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner of the just concluded Presidential elections brings a sense of mixed feelings to Kenyans.
While the supporters of the NASA-led coalition party wail in anger over their candidate Raila Odinga’s loss of the 2017 presidential election, the Uhuru camp went on celebrating their second win of the election.
Four people have also been reported dead after the President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared President for a second tenure.
The death of the four was reported were recorded in Mai Mahiu, Naivasha. The four were among a crowd of Jubilee Party supporters celebrating when two vehicles run over them.
Uhuru was finally declared president elect to bring an end to days of uncertainty following a hotly contested race. He was announced the winner with 8, 203,290 (54.27%) votes by IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati with his strongest contender Raila Odinga of NASA trailing him with 6, 762, 224(44.74%) votes.
“I wish to declare Uhuru Kenyatta president elect and William Ruto Deputy President elect,” said Chebukati to a rapturous cheer by the winner’s supporters. Uhuru achieved 25% of votes in 35 counties while Raila did the same in 29 counties. Chebukati said 15,073,662 Kenyans went to the ballot representing 71.91% of total registered voters.
4 people feared dead after being ran over by two vehicles while celebrating Jubilee’s victory in Mai Mahiu, Naivasha; one vehicle torched.
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Uhuru achieved 25% of votes in 35 counties while Raila did the same in 29 counties. Chebukati said 15,073,662 Kenyans went to the ballot representing 71.91% of total registered voters.
“We received information that my brother was killed from the chaos that escalates after the police engaged youths in running battles, ” said John Okumbe, the victim’s brother.
The protesters engaged police in running battles as they prevented the law enforcers from taking the body.
“We prevented the police from picking the body as we believe they will conceal evidence,” said a resident, Mr Kevin Otieno.
Further violence are also recorded in places like Siaya, Homa Bay and Migori counties as National Super Alliance (Nasa) supporters reacted to the declaration of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win.
Protestors lit bonfires and engaged police in running battles on Friday night and Saturday. In Siaya for instance, the body of a man shot by police during the night protest was still lying on the road Saturday morning.
Some roads were still blocked in the morning after overnight protests. Relatives said the victim, a boda boda operator, was shot by a police officer during the protest.