'Fresh' clashes in Nairobi slum, '1 injured'... as Kenya vote observers urge calm

Picture: AFP
Picture: AFP

Nairobi - International observers on Thursday urged Kenyans to be patient as they awaited final election results following opposition allegations of vote-rigging, but clashes between police and protesters again erupted in a Nairobi slum.

While most of the East African country of more than 40 million people was calm, an Associated Press photographer said police fired on rioters in Kawangware, a poor area of the capital. One injured man was carried away by protesters who said police shot him.

Several people died in election protests on Wednesday after opposition leader Raila Odinga alleged that hackers infiltrated the election commission's database and manipulated results in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta following Tuesday's vote.

It was not clear when final results would be announced. The election commission has a week from the vote to do so. The international observers have not noted any signs of interference with the vote.

Hacking allegations 

"Elections should never be an issue of life or death," Marietje Schaake, the Dutch head of the European Union mission observing the elections, said at a news conference.

Odinga's hacking allegations "should be seriously looked at" as part of the process of verifying the final tallies, Schaake said.

John Mahama, chief election observer for the Commonwealth and former president of Ghana, said election observers don't have the capacity to investigate the hacking allegations, and noted that Kenya's voting and counting system appeared "credible, transparent and inclusive".

The election commission has said it is investigating Odinga's allegations, and has defended its electronic voting system as secure.

Provisional results showed Kenyatta, whose father was Kenya's first president after independence from British colonial rule, holding a strong lead with votes from 97.6%of polling stations counted.

'He shlould concede defeat' 

Angry crowds jeered at police patrolling in Kawangware, an opposition stronghold.

"People are demonstrating because of their rights," said Edwin Onyango, a supporter of the 72-year-old Odinga, a former prime minister who has run unsuccessfully for president on three previous occasions.

Odinga was a candidate in 2007 elections that were followed by violence, fueled by ethnic tensions, that killed more than 1 000 people. He also lost the 2013 vote to the 55-year-old Kenyatta and took allegations of vote-tampering to the Supreme Court, which rejected his case.

Some residents of Nairobi said the longtime opposition figure should acknowledge another lost political campaign.

"He has done a lot for this country," said James Maina Bajirane. "And at this particular time, at his age, he should concede defeat and the country goes on."


We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
How has the delay in schools' opening impacted your life?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
It's a disaster! We're struggling to manage work and kids at home
41% - 1827 votes
It's a struggle, but we learnt lessons from last year's closures
20% - 876 votes
It's a relief, this second wave is bad and kids need to be at home
40% - 1777 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
15.27
(-0.42)
ZAR/GBP
20.86
(-0.22)
ZAR/EUR
18.53
(-0.27)
ZAR/AUD
11.76
(-0.11)
ZAR/JPY
0.15
(-0.31)
Gold
1853.06
(-0.12)
Silver
25.41
(+0.36)
Platinum
1086.50
(-0.41)
Brent Crude
55.72
(+0.78)
Palladium
2327.00
(+0.23)
All Share
64122.81
(-0.68)
Top 40
58968.20
(-0.74)
Financial 15
11767.47
(+1.88)
Industrial 25
87352.29
(-1.71)
Resource 10
62061.46
(-0.31)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo