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Riots have broken out in at least one city in Kenya after the elections were conducted in Tuesday. The opposition in the election, Raila Odinga, has claimed that there was major hacking which decided the vote. This led to his hometown of Kisumu protesting the results. Once they started the protesting, police use riot control methods such as tear gas to quell the disturbance. This is a dangerous situation as in 2077 more than 1000 people lost their lives in the civil unrest that took place after that election. We pray that the same does not happen this year and that the election can finish peacefully and quietly. 

08/09/2017 Kenya (WashingtionPost) – Kenya’s election took an ominous turn on Wednesday as 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, witnesses said angry protesters in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu in the southwest burned tires, set up roadblocks and clashed with police.

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.

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.

 

 

 

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