As Kenya prepares for a second round of voting, parts of the country have already started protests. After the previous voting in early August, the opposition to President Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga, accused the incumbent of rigging the election. This accusation led to riots in his hometown and several other cities. These riots left over 20 people dead and others injured. As the country prepares for round two, there are already calls of corruption and rigging, which has led to more riots and violence. We pray that this time the election process can go smoothly and peacefully. The repeat election is set for October 17.
2017-09-14 Kenya (WashingtonPost) NAIROBI, Kenya — Riots broke out in Kenya’s opposition stronghold of Kisumu city after a rumor spread about alleged efforts to rig next month’s presidential election, a police official said Wednesday.
Several people were injured as police engaged youth who blocked roads in the southwestern city and threw stones, Nyanza regional police boss Leonard Katana said. Police used tear gas to disperse them, he said.
The Kenya Television Network reported that youth stormed a meeting of women from various religious groups at a local hotel as they discussed how to ensure a peaceful election. The women told KTN that the youth beat them up and stole their phones before police intervened.
Kenya will hold a repeat presidential election on Oct. 17 after the Supreme Court nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election last month. Opposition leader Raila Odinga went to court claiming electoral fraud.
Odinga has repeatedly said he won’t participate in next month’s vote unless changes are made to the East African nation’s electoral commission, which the court said had committed irregularities.