Violent Protests Break Out In NASA Strongholds, Properties Destroyed!

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Protests have been reported in parts of Nairobi, Kisumu and Migori counties hours after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of the 2017 presidential election.

Police officers fired gunshots in the air and used teargas to disperse protesters who had lit bonfires in Mathare, Kibera, Kawangware, Korogosho, Dandora on Friday night.

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Most youths were blowing vuvuzelas and whistles while others wailed.

In parts of Kibera, the protests continued until Saturday morning with a contingent of police officers being deployed to calm the situation.

NASA supporters in Kisumu lit tire fires to protest the outcome of the presidential elections and police were deployed to man the roads.

The president secured a second five-year term after winning 54 per cent of the vote, a 1.4 million vote margin that was larger than opinion polls suggested. The opposition rejected the result even before it was announced, complaining of “systematic” fraud.

“We are not going to be party to this,” Musalia Mudavadi, one of the opposition coalition’s five leaders, said. “Our issues have not been addressed.”

Defying international pressure, the Odinga campaign ruled out a legal challenge.

“For us going to court is not an alternative,” James Orengo, a manager of the Odinga campaign, said. “We have been there before.”

The opposition had earlier demanded that Mr Odinga be declared president after claiming an elaborate conspiracy to cheat him of victory.