November 24, 2017

Chaos erupt in NASA strongholds

Chaos have been reported in parts of Nairobi, Kisumu and Migori counties after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announced President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of the 2017 presidential election on Friday night.

Residents from the areas thronged the streets as soon as IEBC declared Uhuru as the President-elect.

They chanted anti-Uhuru slogans, engaged in running battles and blew vuvuzelas and whistles for most of the night.

In Kibra, the protests continued until Saturday morning with a contingent of police officers being deployed to calm the situation.

Supporters of the National Super Alliance (NASA) in Kisumu lit tire fires to protest the outcome of the presidential elections and security forces were also deployed to man the city.

In Siaya Town gunshots were heard as residents protested amid claims that one person was shot dead during the fracas.

Declaring the presidential results, the chairman of the IEBC, Wafula Chebukati, said that Uhuru had garnered 8,203,290 votes, representing 54.27 per cent of the votes cast, while the Opposition leader Raila Odinga came in second with 6,762,224 votes, representing 44.74 per cent of the votes cast.

In total, 15,073,662 people cast their votes, representing 78.91 per cent of the registered voters, an increase from the 2013 polls.

The President-elect also got more than 25 per cent of the votes cast in 35 counties, compared to Raila who managed to get over 25 per cent in 29 counties.

“I, therefore, wish to declare Hon Uhuru Kenyatta the President-elect and Hon William Ruto as the Deputy-President-elect,” Chebukati said before handing the winners’ certificates to the two.

In his acceptance speech, Uhuru reached out to his closest rival, Raila, and urged him to work together with the Government.

“To our worthy competitor, we are not enemies. In every competition there shall be winners and losers. I extend a hand of partnership, of cooperation. This country needs all of us to succeed and Kenyans want it to succeed,” said the President. “I reach out to you, to all your supporters and to all those elected to the opposition bench. We shall work together to build this nation.”

The other candidates had less than one per cent of the votes cast. Mr Joseph Nyaga got 42,259 votes, Mr Abduba Dida got 38,093 votes, Dr Ekuru Aukot 27,311, Mr Japheth Kaluyu got 16,482, Prof Michael Wainaina got 13,257 while Cyrus Jirongo got 11,705.

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