From chicken peddler to Kenyan president, William Ruto was declared this Monday the winner of the presidential elections with 50.49 percent of the vote (7176141), and Raila Odinga lost the his fifth candidacy for the presidency with 48.85 percent (6942930). Protests broke out in Kisumu and parts of Nairobi, considered bastions of Raila Odinga who lost once again his candidacy for the Kenyan presidency, with angry protesters alleging electoral fraud while police fired tear gas to dismiss them. Odinga, 77, a political veteran who enjoyed the support of outgoing president Uhuru Kenyatta and the ruling party, has not spoken publicly since the results were announced but has accused his opponents of fraud in winning the presidential election. 2007, 2013 and 2017.   The 2007 elections in particular, which many independent observers also found deeply controversial, cast a long shadow over Kenyan politics, unleashing a wave of ethnic violence that pitted tribal groups against each other and cost more than 1,100 lives. As news of the results reached Kisumu, large numbers of protesters gathered in the lakeside town, hurling stones and burning tires and blocking roads with stones. “The election was not free and fair. We were tricked,” Collins Odoyo, 26, an Odinga supporter, told AFP as he ran to join the crowd, barefoot and with a vuvuzela strapped to his back. “You cannot rob us. The government must listen to us. They must repeat the election,” said Isaac Onyango, 24, his eyes watering as police tried to neutralize the demonstration with tear gas. As tensions mount after the disputed Aug. 9 vote, President-elect William Ruto, 55, has vowed to work with “all leaders”. “There is no room for revenge”, he said. “I am fully aware that our country is at a stage where we need all hands on deck.” AFP correspondents reported that police fired live shots as protests broke out in the Nairobi suburb of Mathare, where Odinga is popular. And on the other side of town, in Kibera, one of Nairobi’s largest suburbs, young supporters, who refer to Odinga as “Baba” or “father” in Swahili, demanded a new election run while throwing stones. “Baba’s vote was stolen”, said motorcycle taxi driver Emmanuel Otieno. “Stop lying to Kenyans, we know Baba won,” said another protester, Eliud Omolo, waving a banner in support of Odinga. About two thousand Mozambicans, mostly from northern Mozambique, live and work in Kenya, some of them since the sixties. (Letter) Source: Carta de Moçambique

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