Uhuru Kenyatta re-elected as Kenyan president; opposition’s discontent stimulates violent protests
Source :NewsBharati   Date :12-Aug-2017

Nairobi, August 12: It was highly predicted that the post-election period in Kenya will see violence. On Friday President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of the election. The result prompted celebration and violence at the same time. After being announced as the winner, Kenyatta called for unity. Kenyatta won the presidential race with 54.27 percent to rival Raila Odinga's 44.74. This is going to be his second term.

The post-election violence though has been termed as “isolated instances” but it reminded the horrible the outcome of a disputed 2007 election. Two months of ethnic political violence displaced 600,000 people and killed 1,100.

As President Kenyatta did a responsible act. Rather than emphasizing on his victory, he concentrated on national unity. Addressing opposition leaders, he said "We are not enemies. As with any competition, there shall always be winners and there shall be losers but we all belong to one great nation of Kenya," "Let us be peaceful ... We have seen the results of political violence. And I am certain that there is no single Kenyan who would wish for us to go back to this," he added.

Though the opposition leader Odinga requested his supporters to stay calm before the announcement, he mentioned he does not control anyone. "I don't control anybody. People want to see justice."

Till a time Kenya was observing a peaceful election. But the situation turned after Odinga’s rejection of result in the first round of counting. After final result, angry protests erupted almost immediately in Odinga's strongholds. Police again had to fire bullets to calm them.