Kenyan police fired tear gas on Friday to contain political protests in the western city of Kisumu city, an opposition stronghold, and Mathare, a Nairobi slum, Reuters witnesses said.
The protests broke out minutes after the election commission said President Uhuru Kenyatta had won a second five-year term in this week’s polls despite fierce objections from opposition leader Raila Odinga about the fairness of the vote.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati announced the final results late Friday at the Bomas of Kenya in the capital Nairobi.
Uhuru Kenyatta garnered 8,203,290 votes representing 54.27 pc of votes. He has attained 25 per cent in 35 counties.
“Uhuru Kenyatta garnered 8,203,290 votes representing 54.27 pc of votes. He has attained 25 per cent in 35 counties,” Chebukati confirmed.
Kenyatta beat veteran politician and candidate of the National Super Alliance (NASA) party Raila Odinga who garnered over 6.7 million votes (44.74%).
The declaration was made in the presence of all the presidential candidates after the IEBC chair took pains to present confirmed results from each of the 49 counties.
Odinga has earlier disputed provisional results displayed on the IEBC website which placed Kenyatta in the lead. He described it as fraudulent and a machination of hackers.
NASA said on Thursday that Odinga was in the lead per some unsubstantiated results they claim were from the IEBC servers. They demanded that Odinga be declared president.
The IEBC maintained that there was no hack in their system and they will declare the winner of the election only after they verified and validated all the results directly from the polling stations.