Published On: Sun, Aug 13th, 2017

Raila’s Standoff – Ballot 2017

The political stalemate surrounding the Presidential winner announcement on Friday evening is slowly but surely simmering with no clear cut view of what is going on. (writes topi Lyambila).

As the air of uncertainty blows across the Nation, unconfirmed reports tell of mayhem that wananchi (citizens) in deemed trouble spots, are finding themselves on the wrong side of the law. In the wake of the carnage, random fires and casualties have become the order of the day, as special police units battle it out with protesters. What however is angering many is the fact that Police (contrary to official brief) are using live bullets on protesters.

Many casualties have been reported in Kibera slum Nairobi, Kondele in Kisumu, and Mathare in Nairobi where the latest victim is a 10 year old girl, Stephanie Mokaya, whom Police say was caught by a stray bullet, but the father denies it saying she was actually shot at while playing on the balcony of their home.

Unconfirmed figures indicate close to 20 counted dead, with the opposition claiming the number could be approaching 100, as police have been seen putting some of the bodies in bin bags and taking them away to unknown destinations.

Some ground reports have also suggested criminal elements are taking advantage of the protests and looting shops and even banks. One such incident is reported in Siaya, where three people were shot dead, allegedly caught trying to rob the National Bank. In Kondele Kisumu it has also been reported that those shot were looting a supermarket – Tumaini.

Another casualty of what is being seen as Police brutality was killed in Maseno just outside Kisumu City.

Families in Kibera Slum are also mourning four of their dead relatives, victims of the first ray of protests after the Presidential winner announcement on Friday Night.

The IEBC on Friday declared President Uhuru Kenyatta the victor, following his amassing an overwhelming vote majority of 8.2 million against Raila Odinga’s 6.7million.

The Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga has not spoken since the announcement and instead the NASA coalition through lawyer Hon. James Orengo and Hon. Muthama read a statement to the press in which they indicated public action, dismissing the idea that they had enough to go to court on. Hon. Orengo said they had been on that path before and are not ready to go to court again as it will be just a waste of time and resources.

The opposition spokesmen said they were disappointed by the International Observers’ stand – suggesting the elections were free and fair. According to the opposition, the Observers were hoodwinked into submission, not ruling out financial exchange or otherwise.

Before leaving the country, John Kerry former US Secretary of State and South Africa’s Thabo Mbeki tried in vain to get Raila Odinga to concede.

 

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