AS IT HAPPENED: 'Live bullets' fired in Kenya clashes, boy, 15 among wounded - #KenyaElections

2017-10-26 13:00

A divided Kenya is voting in a bitterly disputed presidential re-run that has sparked fears both at home and abroad for the stability of the east African powerhouse. Follow the live updates

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26 Oct 13:35

AP reports: Kenyan police say one man shot by police during violent protests against the repeat presidential election has died at a hospital.

The shooting occurred in the city of Kisumu, an opposition stronghold.

Three other people were admitted to a hospital with gunshot wounds.

An Associated Press journalist in Kisumu saw ambulances transporting several people from the protests.


26 Oct 13:19

BBC reports that live bullets have been fired in Kisumu, western Kenya.

Two people have been wounded - both have had gunshots to the thigh.One of the injured is a 15-year-old boy and the other is a 21-year-old man.They are both being treated in hospital, the report says. 


26 Oct 13:13

According to BBC: Kenya's vice president William Ruto has said that he was not impressed by the opposition threat to start civil disobedience to push for reforms. 

Ruto said this shortly after casting his vote at his home constituency in Uasin Gishu county.

"We are a country governed by rules. Anybody who tells us now that this is [going to change] is simply not telling us anything positive.

"All attempts to create civil disobedience and disorder in Kenya will not succeed," Ruto was quoted as saying.


26 Oct 13:09

26 Oct 11:37

Opposition leader Raila Odinga says the opposition will press for what it deems credible elections after boycotting Thursday's repeat presidential election because of what it says is a lack of adequate reforms to the electoral commission.

Odinga's challenge to the August elections, which were won by President Uhuru Kenyatta, led the Supreme Court to annul those results, citing illegalities, and order a repeat election. Now Odinga is urging a boycott of Thursday's elections.

Odinga said Wednesday that the opposition coalition, National Super Alliance, will become a resistance movement.

A statement from Odinga on Thursday says his movement will constitute a "People's Assembly to guide the country to a fresh free and fair presidential election" as part of its peaceful resistance.

Odinga says the resistance will also include boycotting goods and services by those who have supported Kenyatta's "lawless grab of the presidency".

He says Kenyatta's push for an election, despite concerns overs its credibility even from the electoral commission's chief, is due to the fact that he had alienated many voters and could only win an election unfairly.

Kenyatta is the leading candidate in Thursday's election. Six other candidates on the ballot got less than 1% in the nullified election in August. - AP


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Kenyatta has just cast his ballot. 

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Kenyatta's rival Odinga has just cast his ballot. 

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Kenyatta:  It will be my duty if elected to bring Kenyans together

26 Oct 10:15
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has just said that the problem facing Kenya is that of tribalism. Watch the video people as he speaks. 

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26 Oct 10:06

President Uhuru Kenyatta has reportedly said that 90% of the country is calm, peaceful and voting.

He added: "Let us allow each other to exercise our right. Kenya has proved that our democracy is mature."- KTN


26 Oct 10:02

The decision to cancel the August poll over irregularities in the electronic transmission of votes was initially hailed as an opportunity to deepen democracy in a country plagued by disputed elections.

But the re-run has been dogged by chaos and acrimony, prompting top diplomats to blast Odinga and Kenyatta for fuelling division instead of seeking a path to a free and fair election in the country of 48 million people.

Myriad legal battles failed to block the vote from going forward, with a final petition in front of the Supreme Court failing on the eve of the election as only two out of seven judges showed up.

The European Union observer mission, which like other foreign teams has limited its work due to security fears, said the poll's credibility had been "undermined" by the inability of the court to reach a quorum.

A statement signed by 15 foreign envoys representing the United States, the United Kingdom and several European countries, expressed disappointment that Kenya had not "come together to hold a better election".

"We are deeply disappointed by the continuing efforts of both parties to interfere with and undermine the independent operation of the electoral commission, the judiciary, and other essential institutions," the statement said.


26 Oct 10:02

Isolated incidents in Kisumu, nearby Siaya, Homa Bay and Migori saw protesters block roads and polling stations, clashing with police who tried to disperse them.

With eight candidates in the running, the vote was meant to be a final showdown between Kenyatta and Odinga, whose families have been locked in political rivalry for more than half a century.

However, Odinga urged his supporters to "stay at home" and avoid security forces.

Opposition protests since the August election have resulted in at least 40 deaths, mostly at the hands of police and in poor opposition strongholds, according to rights groups.

The 72-year-old Odinga, who has lost three previous elections claiming fraud in two of them, said his coalition would transform into "a resistance movement".

NASA will "embark on a national campaign of defiance of illegitimate governmental authority and non-cooperation with all its organs," he declared.


26 Oct 10:01

Despite the call for a boycott, one Odinga supporter Joshua Nyamori, 42, hoped to vote at the Kenyatta Sports Ground but found no polling material or officials.

"Even if 500 000 do not want to vote, polling stations should be open, even for the 10 people who want to vote," he said.

"I am concerned because not all people are staying home by choice, some people are afraid of being attacked," he said.

In his view, the decision of the opposition coalition National Super Alliance (NASA) not to take part in the vote was a "political mistake".


26 Oct 10:00

In Odinga's western stronghold of Kisumu, several polling stations remained closed, with one chained and locked.

Ballot boxes and electronic kits to identify voters and transmit results had not arrived in polling stations, with some officials facing attacks from opposition supporters while trying to deliver voting material.

"So far, we have not deployed any material, and we have not deployed election officials. The reason is security," said returning officer John Ngutai.

"We hope to be able to deploy later in the day. We hope for the best but prepare for the worst. The worst would be no election officials."


26 Oct 09:59

The election is the chaotic climax of a political drama that began when the Supreme Court overturned the victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta in the August 8 elections.

It cited "irregularities" and mismanagement by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Kenyatta, who turns 56 on Thursday, is almost assured victory after veteran opposition leader Odinga withdrew, citing fears the poll would be marred by the same flaws which saw the August vote overturned.

The boycott in east Africa's richest economy and one of its strongest democracies is likely to tarnish the credibility of Kenyatta's victory and deepen its worst political crisis since a 2007 election sparked politically driven ethnic violence that left 1 100 dead.


26 Oct 09:58

Here is what has happened so far according to AFP

Kenyans trickled into polling stations on Thursday for a repeat election that has polarised the nation with some clashes breaking out as supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga ignored his call to stay away and tried to block voting.

In stark contrast to the first ballot in August, which was annulled by the Supreme Court, only a handful of voters could be seen at many polling stations in an election likely to face more legal battles after its conclusion.

In opposition strongholds in the slums of Nairobi and the west of the country, protesters barricaded roads and polling stations, lobbing rocks at police who fired teargas to disperse them.

On a grey and drizzly morning, only 50 people stood on the boggy grass outside the Redeemed Gospel Church polling station in Nairobi's Mathare slum, where more than 8 000 people are registered to vote.

"It is my duty to vote. Last time the queue was all around the block and I waited six hours to vote, this time the people are few," said taxi driver David Njeru, 26, as he waited to cast his ballot.


26 Oct 09:38

But why are people not turning up to vote in the presidential election?

This is what BBC got:

"Some people are taking their time, looking at what the situation will be, before they come and vote."

"Even those who want to vote do not get the chance to vote...People are stopping others from getting to polling stations. They have lit bonfires in the middle of roads on the way to polling stations.

"The rain has started pouring down heavily, which may have started sending people home."

 

26 Oct 09:31
Opposition supporters clash with police in Kibera slum in Nairobi. 

26 Oct 09:31
Opposition supporters clash with police in Kibera slum in Nairobi. (AP)

26 Oct 09:26
A bus ferrying ballot material to one of the polling stations in Kitui is reported to have been involved in an accident. 

26 Oct 09:24

26 Oct 09:20

Kenyan police have  fired tear gas at stone-throwing protesters in some opposition areas after the start of Kenya's second presidential election since August, reflecting bitter divisions in a country whose main opposition leader urged his followers to boycott the vote.

Violence erupted in Nairobi's Kibera slum and Kisumu, a major city in western Kenya where protesters set fires and blocked roads, and many polling stations didn't open because of security concerns.

One Kisumu primary school that saw huge lines of voters when it served as a polling station in Kenya's Aug. 8 election was closed this time around, its gates locked.

"We are not going to vote and we are not going to allow it," said Olga Onyanga, an opposition supporter in Kisumu.

Voting, meanwhile, proceeded in areas where President Uhuru Kenyatta has support, but fewer voters were turning out in comparison to the August election that the Supreme Court nullified because it found illegalities and irregularities in the election process. - AP


26 Oct 09:07

26 Oct 09:04

Sky News reports that police used tear gas to disperse angry mobs in Kibera, a slum in the capital Nairobi, and in Kisumu, Kenya's third biggest city and an opposition stronghold.

The report says that protesters barricaded the entrances to polling stations and hurled rocks at security forces in some parts of the country.

Meanwhile, some polling stations remain locked and chained as officials cite fear of violence for the failure to deliver voting equipment.



26 Oct 08:58

Kenya's electoral board, the IEBC, has promised to grant extra time to polling stations that opened late for the presidential rerun.

"A few opened late due to logistical challenges. They [will] get time compensation after 5pm," the commission wrote on Twitter.

It however, noted that voting started at 06:00 at most of polling stations. Closing time is 17:00. - The Star reports


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26 Oct 08:00

The United States says it is deeply concerned about Kenya's repeat election and the efforts of "both parties to interfere with and undermine the independent operation of the electoral commission, the judiciary and other essential institutions.

"A state department statement urges Kenyans to remain calm and reject violence, and it condemns Tuesday's shooting of the driver for the Supreme Court's deputy chief justice.

Kenya's opposition leader has called on supporters to boycott the vote, and the president says security forces will be deployed nationwide to prevent what he calls a slide into anarchy.

The US statement says that "now is not the time for strife to divide Kenya. - AP


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26 Oct 07:47
A woman marks her ballot paper at a polling station in Nairobi. - AP

26 Oct 07:47
Voters go through a security check as they arrive to vote at a polling station in Nairobi. - AP

26 Oct 07:46
Kenyans line up very early in the morning to vote at a polling station in Nairobi. - AP

26 Oct 07:45
A polling official stamps a presidential ballot paper at a polling station in Nairobi, as Kenyans wait to cast their vote. - AP

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