September 24, 2017

Raila asks Kenyans to boycott work

Opposition chief Raila Odinga has said that the National Super Alliance (NASA) will announce the next decision on Tuesday, after disputing poll results released by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Friday night.

Addressing people in Kibra on Sunday afternoon (13/8/17), Raila asked residents to boycott work tomorrow (Monday) to ‘mourn Kenyans killed by Jubilee mandated death squads.’

“We had predicted they will steal the election and that’s what happened. We are not done yet. We will not give up. Wait for the next course of action, which I will announce the day after tomorrow,” Raila said.

Excited residents of the slum climbed on roof tops and hung off trees to catch sight of the former Prime Minister who was speaking for the first time since President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared winner on Friday.

Chaos were reported in parts of Nairobi, Kisumu and Migori counties after the IEBC announced the much awaited presidential results.

Residents from the areas thronged the streets as soon as the electoral commission 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.

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