Kenya’s election took an ominous turn on Wednesday as violent protests erupted in the capital and elsewhere after opposition leader Raila Odinga alleged fraud, saying hackers used the identity of a murdered official to infiltrate the database of the country’s election commission and manipulate results.
Soon after Odinga spoke on television, angry protesters in slums of Nairobi and the opposition stronghold of Kisumu in the southwest burned tires, set up roadblocks and clashed with police, witnesses said. Kenyan police opened fire on people protesting election results earlier Wednesday in another opposition stronghold, killing one person. The shooting happened in South Mugirango constituency in Kisii county, said Leonard Katana, a regional police commander.
With results from almost all of the polling stations counted, President Uhuru Kenyatta was shown with a wide lead over Odinga in his bid for a second term.
Demos in Homa Bay, Mathare after Raila questions election tally
Hundreds of Homa Bay youths held a peaceful demonstration on Wednesday after learning of the President’s lead on Raila Odinga.
The results are provisional and Raila, who vied under NASA with Wiper chief Kalonzo Musyoka, has alleged malpractices.
The two faced President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto of Jubilee Party.
The group also marched in opposition to Governor Cyprian Awiti’s lead on independent candidate Oyugi Magwanga.
They alleged the results were skewed in favour of Uhuru and Magwanga.
Protests also took place in Mathare but there, groups engaged police and lit fires on roads.
Demonstrators ran about with twigs and hampered transport.
Partial preliminary results show Uhuru Kenyatta has narrow lead in bitter presidential race.