Night protests and celebrations as Uhuru Kenyatta is reelected President

Chaos rocked Nairobi, Kisumu and Migori as anti riot police engaged youths who were protesting Uhuru's victory.

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Bonfires in Kisumu. /TWITTER

On Friday, August 11, 2017, at around 10pm, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared Uhuru Kenyatta, winner of the Presidential race in the just concluded General Election, causing mixed reaction across the country.

The announcement was made at the historic Bomas of Kenya and came on the back of National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders more so election loser Raila Odinga, protesting the results.

Nyeri residents celebrate Uhuru victory. /COURTESY

Supporters of Uhuru especially in his strongholds welcomed the news and celebrations were recorded in Central, Nairobi and Rift Valley where supporters sang and danced throughout the night.

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But the Opposite was experienced in parts of Nairobi and Nyanza, which are regarded as Opposition bastions, as residents protested against the announcement with anger and frustrations.

Zipo.co.ke has learnt that five people were shot and injured in Kondele, Kisumu County as residents engaged anti riot police in night running battles.

Youths in the lakeside town poured in the streets with some barricading the roads with stones and bonfires forcing police to use teargas to disperse them.

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Anti riot police in Kisumu. /TWITTER

In Migori county, supporters of the Nasa coalition also fought with police in Shauri Yako slums as well as Sofia and Makongeni estates.

A similar encounter was reported in Nairobi’s Mathare slum where several people are said to have been injured as angry youths battled police throughout the night.

Kibera which has seen pockets of protests since Wednesday, turned even uglier when youths pelted stones at police with the latter responding with teargas. The encounter led to screams and shouts from scared residents in the vast informal settlement.

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Still in Nairobi, police intervened with teargas as they disperse rival groups in Buruburu and Kiambiu estates, one celebrating Uhuru’s victory and the other protesting the announcement.

A protestor is shot in Kisumu. /TWITTER

Siaya residents took to social media to report gunshots in the county as police engaged protesters in the town following the announcement of Uhuru as the victor of the highly-contested poll.