Police, teargas, and ballot boxes

Well, we’ve been asked to remain in our homes for today, for good measure. I know some mission organizations here actually required their missionaries to go back to the US during this time. But, we’re waiting it out.

The issue with living in Nairobi right now is that this is a Kikuyu area, and it looks like Mwai Kibaki, a Kikuyu, is about to lose his seat as president to Raila Odinga, a Luo. For the past 2 days the news here has been droning on and on with election results (they’re still counting). Right now, out of 7 million votes, Kibaki is trailing by only 400,000. People are starting to get anxious because it is taking so long. Who knows what they’ll do when Raila is certified as the new president.

Tensions in Kenya Over Election Results

By ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY – 1 hour ago

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Hundreds of people stoned cars and rival ethnic groups fought in a sprawling slum Saturday amid tensions over delayed results from the closest presidential election in Kenya’s history, witnesses said.

A millionaire opposition leader who cast himself as a champion of the poor appears poised to win the race, but only partial and unofficial tallies have been released from Thursday’s vote.

In the Kibera slum, the main constituency of opposition candidate Raila Odinga, young men with machetes were running through the maze of potholed tracks and ramshackle dwellings. People set up makeshift roadblocks.

About 20 miles outside Nairobi, hundreds of people were massed along a main highway.

“They are looting houses and stoning cars,” Irungu Wakogi, a witness, told The Associated Press by telephone.

Kenya poll delay sparks violence

Disturbances marred the elections after persistent rumours of voting rigging [AFP]

Protests and looting have erupted in Kenya after the country said there would be a delay in announcing results for the hotly contested presidential election.

Supporters of Raila Odinga, the opposition leader who has taken an early lead in the poll, lit bonfires and stoned passing cars on Saturday in Nairobi’s Kibera slum after accusing Mwai Kibaki, the incumbent president, of vote rigging.

Meanwhile, in western Kisumu city in Odinga’s homeland, hundreds of angry youths took to the streets, lighting fires, ransacking shops and blocking roads, Reuters reported.

“We are wondering why they are not announcing the winner yet we know him. They are planning to rig the elections,” John Oloo, one of the demonstrator in Kisumu, told AFP.

Also read:

Protests break out in Kenya over vote tallying delays

Tensions in Kenya Over Election Results

Things are fine at our house, we are safe and not worried about ourselves. The truth is, we’re having a little impromptu party today… we have a friend from RVA stranded here, and our next door neighbors over, watching movies, playing games. Kind of like a holiday for us, but please pray for Kenya today…

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