Lockdown

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...
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