AS IT HAPPENED: At least 2 shot dead in Kenya's capital Nairobi amid vote protests

2017-08-09 16:30

Get the latest details as people protest election results in an opposition stronghold in southwestern Kenya. At least I person has been killed.

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09 Aug 18:55

09 Aug 18:54
The AU has given a thumbs up to the Kenyan poll, with the head of the African Union observer mission, Thabo Mbeki, saying that Kenya's electoral commission seems to have "discharged its responsibilities" in accordance with the law.

09 Aug 16:56

Kenya's election commission says President Uhuru Kenyatta holds a strong lead over challenger Raila Odinga with all but 4% of polling stations counted.

The commission's data shows Kenyatta with more than 54% of the vote and Odinga with more than 44%.

Officials are waiting to announce the winner until they check documents confirming the results from around the country in an effort to address opposition allegations of vote tampering.

It is unclear how long that process will take. Election officials by law have up to a week from election day to announce. - AP 


09 Aug 16:51

According to BBC Live, independent candidate Japheth Kaluyu has bowed out of the race to be elected Kenya's president, telling reporters that "we concede our race to a person who is going to win".

"So far it looks like it is going to be [incumbent] Uhuru Kenyatta", he added.


09 Aug 16:42

A police official and a witness say two people have been shot dead in Kenya's capital during protests over provisional election results showing President Uhuru Kenyatta leading opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Nairobi police chief Japheth Koome says the two were shot as they took advantage of the protests to steal.

An Associated Press photographer says one was shot in the head.Protests broke out after Odinga alleged that election results from Tuesday's vote had been hacked into and manipulated. - AP


09 Aug 16:38

In other news

A Kenya security official says a homemade bomb planted by extremists to disrupt elections blew up after a hyena set it off.

Joseph Kanyiri, the head of a task force of security agents in Lamu county, says the blast occurred after the hyena walked over it.

He says the bomb had been planted on a route used by election officials to transport ballots to a counting centrer. Lamu is on a dusk-to-dawn curfew following attacks by the al-Shabaab extremist group based in neighbouring Somalia

Al-Shabaab had threatened to disrupt Tuesday's elections. The group has carried out more than 100 attacks in Kenya since 2011, calling it retribution for the country sending troops to Somalia to fight it. - AP


09 Aug 15:59

According to AP:

Rafael Tuju, a top official in Kenyatta's party, has said that the opposition's claims are unfounded.



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09 Aug 14:55
A Kenyan Administration Police officer (C) gestures to residents as he patrols in the Mathare Slum of Nairobi, during protests against Kenya's national election results. (AFP)

09 Aug 14:53
Kenyan Administration Police officers walk past residents as they patrol in the Mathare Slum of Nairobi, during protests against Kenya's national election results. (AFP)

09 Aug 14:50
Kenyan Administration Police officers are watched by residents as they patrol in the Mathare Slum of Nairobi, during protests against Kenya's national election results.

09 Aug 14:49
Residents look on as Kenyan Administration Police officers patrol in the Mathare Slum of Nairobi, during protests against Kenya's national election results. (AFP)

09 Aug 14:43

According to AP: 

Kenya's Railways have suspended operations of trains on its recently launched line from Mombasa to Nairobi from Thursday until further notice.

The announcement was made as violent protests erupted in Kenya as opposition supporters protested alleged voter fraud in the tallying of presidential results which put Uhuru Kenyatta significantly ahead of opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Kenya Railway Authority Managing Director Atanas Maina said the decision was made to safeguard passengers and operations across the country.

The newly completed rail line from the Indian Ocean port city of Mombasa to the capital city Nairobi has been touted as a major success of President Uhuru Kenyatta's government and there are fears it may be targeted by anti-Kenyatta protesters.

Kenyatta often referred to the project as a success of his leadership in recent campaign speeches. The rail line is the country's biggest infrastructure project since independence from Britain in 1963.

Critics say the $3.3 billion project, mostly funded by the Chinese, will never return the investment.

In protests after the 2007 elections, opposition supporters pulled out a section of railway track linking Mombasa to Uganda, Kenya's largest trading partner.

This was after Uganda President Yoweri Museveni supported the re-election of then president Mwai Kibaki who the opposition said had won through rigging.


09 Aug 14:35
"Police shooting and storming the protesters now. I think they shot tear gas," says Carien du Plessis. 

09 Aug 14:34

News24 correspondent Carien du Plessis is currently in Kenya's Mathare and she reports that protesters are throwing stones at soldiers. 


09 Aug 14:28

09 Aug 14:25
Opposition candidate Raila Odinga has alleged that the electoral commission computer system was hacked and an algorithm installed to rig the result. He provided computer logs as evidence on his Twitter account: 

09 Aug 14:07

Meanwhile, Kenya's interior minister, Fred Matiangi, has warned against the use of social media to stoke tensions.

Officials have said it was unlikely they would shut down the internet but said they might shut down some social media if necessary to calm hate speech and incitement.

"We assure Kenyans and all residents, the country is safe and I urge everyone to go on freely with their daily chores," Matiangi said.

Odinga's running mate, Kalonzo Musyoka, also called for restraint as the fraud allegations are investigated.

"There may come a time we may have to call you to action," Musyoka said. "But for now it is important we be strategic as we delve deep into this matter."


09 Aug 14:05

What are the election results so far?

Kenyatta was leading with 54.34% and Odinga had 44.78% after votes at nearly 39 000 of the 40 883 polling stations were counted, according to the election commission. - AP


09 Aug 14:04

What is the electoral commission saying?

Kenya's election commission said it will investigate Odinga's allegations.

"For now, I cannot say whether or not the system has been hacked," said Wafula Chebukati, the commission chairperson. (AP)


09 Aug 14:03

Odinga's claims in brief:

Odinga claimed that hackers used the identity of Christopher Msando, an election official in charge of managing information technology systems.

On July 31, officials announced that Msando had been tortured and killed, alarming Kenyans who feared a recurrence of political violence that has been fueled by ethnic divisions.

Msando had sought to reassure voters that election results would not be tampered with. Rafael Tuju, a top official in Kenyatta's party, said the opposition's claims were unfounded.


09 Aug 14:02

What is happening in brief: 

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 on 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.

Many parts of Kenya, east Africa's commercial hub, were calm a day after the elections for president and more than 1 800 other posts down to the county level. But the violence stirred memories of the unrest following the 2007 vote in which more than 1 000 people were killed.

Odinga lost that election; he also lost the 2013 vote to Kenyatta and took allegations of vote-tampering to the Supreme Court, which rejected his case.

Odinga, a former prime minister, blamed Kenyatta's Jubilee Party for the alleged hacking of the election database.

"The fraud Jubilee has perpetuated on Kenyans surpasses any level of voter theft in our country's history. This time we caught them," he tweeted. - AP


09 Aug 13:54
A child looks on as residents attack a man for apparently belonging to a different tribe, in the Mathare Slum of Nairobi, as they protest against Kenya's national election results. (AFP)

09 Aug 13:52
Residents attack a man for apparently belonging to a different tribe, in the Mathare Slum of Nairobi, as they protest against Kenya's national election results. (AFP) 

09 Aug 13:45
Residents walk past a burning barricade in the Mathare Slum of Nairobi, as they protest against national election results. (AFP)

09 Aug 13:39
A bystander shouts slogans as Kenyan security personnel pass by in a vehicle in Kisumu, during protests after the announcement of national election results. (AFP)

09 Aug 13:36
A Kenyan security vehicle passes by a burning barricade in Kisumu, during protests after the announcement of national election results. (AFP)

09 Aug 13:35
Kenyan security personnel look on as protesters stand near a barricade in Kisumu, during protests after the announcement of national election results. (AFP)

09 Aug 13:31
Residents of the Mathare slum in Nairobi brandish sticks as they protest against the election results. (AFP)

09 Aug 13:28
A BBC journalist Odeo Sirari has tweeted a video showing the stand off between police and youths at Kondele in Kisumu. 

09 Aug 13:19

According to AP: Protesters in the Kenyan city of Kisumu say police are shooting at them and using tear gas amid anger over election results in the stronghold of opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Sebastian Omolo tells The Associated Press that chaos broke out as soon as Odinga finished speaking on television.

Odinga says hackers infiltrated the database of the country's election commission and manipulated Tuesday's voting results in what he calls an "attack on our democracy".

Results show President Uhuru Kenyatta with a wide lead after votes from the vast majority of polling stations were counted.

Kisumu shopkeeper Festus Odhiambo says he is praying for peace even as roads into the city's slums have been blocked by bonfires and boulders.The city has been a flashpoint in past elections.


09 Aug 13:17

The chairperson of Kenya's election commission says allegations by opposition leader Raila Odinga that the commission's database was hacked in order to manipulate results will be investigated.

Chairperson Wafula Chebukati said on Wednesday that an audit likely will be ordered to address concerns about the system used for Tuesday's elections.

"For now, I cannot say whether or not the system has been hacked," Chebukati says. Odinga made the hacking allegation after results released by the commission showed him trailing President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is seeking a second term.

The vast majority of polling stations have been counted. - AP


09 Aug 13:04
Barricades, tear gas and stones. Police dispersed dozens of demonstrators in Mathare, Nairobi.

09 Aug 13:02

09 Aug 13:02

Meanwhile, the African Union election observers led by former president Thabo Mbeki reportedly expressed confidence and satisfaction over Tuesday's election.

According to Kenyans.co.ke, Mbeki said on Wednesday that he visited polling stations in at least 30 counties where he noted minimal anomalies and a large voter turn out.


09 Aug 12:55
A picture taken in Kiambu, north of Nairobi, shows local newspapers frontpages, a day after the presidential election. (AFP)

09 Aug 12:50

One of the protesters, Dickson Otieno, 30, was quoted as saying: "Uhuru is not the elected one, he must have rigged it."

Otieno said this as piles of tyres burned in the street nearby.

However he said protests should be peaceful. "The problem is between Uhuru and Raila and should not involve the common man."

In the early morning in Kisumu groups of mostly young men gathered on street corners, angrily discussing the results.

Steven Okeda, a 37-year-old primary school teacher, stood with others by a corrugated tin shack next to a fetid gutter in the poor, northern Kondele neighbourhood, a morning newspaper clutched in his hand.

"The voting was just okay, nothing was wrong, but the results that are going on, the transmission, that's where the problem is. What is happening here?" he asked. "Something is cooking." "What we are saying is, Uhuru Kenyatta has stolen the election and we will not accept that," said Okeda.

Tensions also soared in Odinga's strongholds in Nairobi. In the Mathare slum protesters placed burning barricades along a main road, while police patrolled and a helicopter flew overhead. - AFP


09 Aug 12:46

09 Aug 12:40

In brief:

In 2007 post-poll violence raged for two months, leaving 1 100 dead and 600 000 displaced. Voting in Kenya's general elections passed without incident on Tuesday but as provisional results began ticking up on the election commission website President Uhuru Kenyatta maintained a commanding lead with about 55% to Odinga's 44%.

Early Wednesday Odinga rejected the "fake" results, declaring "the system has failed". (Click the link below to read more)

He later detailed allegations of a massive hacking attack on the electronic tallying system, sending tensions soaring. - AFP

 

09 Aug 12:37

According to AFP: Police fired tear gas as several hundred protesters in the neighbourhood of Kondele - an epicentre of violence after disputed 2007 polls - set fire to barricades and tyres and placed rocks in the streets.

A police helicopter hovered overhead as riot police wielding shields, assault rifles and batons deployed two water trucks to put out the fires.

"If Raila is not president, we can't have peace," one protester told AFP shortly before tear gas sent the crowd running.

The protesters chanted: "No Raila, no peace", their rallying cry after both 2007 and 2013 elections which the veteran opposition leader claims were stolen from him.


09 Aug 12:28

Election results on Wednesday morning showed that Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was leading challenger Raila Odinga by a significant margin in nearly complete election results, but the opposition said the counting process was flawed and disputed the tally.

The website of Kenya's election commission showed Kenyatta with 54.8% and opposition leader Odinga with 44.4% after votes were counted from more than 35 000 of the 40 833 polling stations.

The commission did not release information about which constituencies had been counted, although Kenyan television news channels later showed results from individual areas that confirmed Kenyatta's lead.


09 Aug 12:28

Nairobi - A witness says hundreds of protesters are rioting in Kisumu, a city in southwestern Kenya that is a stronghold of opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Kenyan journalist Fred Ooko says people from the Kondele slum in Kisumu burned tires and blocked roads on Wednesday.

Kisumu, a port city on Lake Victoria, is one of Kenya's largest urban centres. Authorities have been concerned about possible violence following elections on Tuesday.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has alleged fraud following the release of results showing him trailing President Uhuru Kenyatta by a wide margin.

Odinga alleged that hackers used the identity of a murdered electoral official to gain entry to the election commission's database in order to manipulate voting results.

He was referring to Christopher Msando, an election official in charge of managing information technology systems who had sought to reassure voters that the results of Tuesday's elections would not be exposed to tampering.

But on July 31 officials announced that Msando had been tortured and killed.

Odinga made the allegation about Msando's identity at a news conference on Wednesday at which he said the elections were a fraud.

Results released by the election commission have shown Odinga trailing President Uhuru Kenyatta by a wide margin. - AP

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