Elections after math in Kibera

Toi market today morning

Toi market today morning

Day two after elections in Kibera has reported different reactions, from less supply of food stuff, slow public transport to anxiety caused by prolonged transmission of presidential results.

A spot check at Toi Market indicated no activity to the usual busy market which serves the western parts of the city. The stalls were empty, a few customers walked helplessly in the market but there was no commodity to buy. This led to price hikes on available food commodities.  “The vegetables I buy KSh. 5 are now 20.” Said Diana Mueni, a Karanja resident.

Public transport was equally affect. In the morning, very few public transport vehicles were operating, though they did not hike bus fares. Many residents are seen walking to work.

In some western parts of Kibera, residents are in low spirits. They claimed IEBC results are trickling in slowly causing uncertainty.  A 34 year old man in Olympic was quoted saying “I feel my blood sugar level rising.” When our reporter asked what caused the blood sugar to rise?  He responded “my preferred presidential candidate is not doing well as results trickle in.”

Busy market day at toi market

Busy market day at Toi market

Young people are seen in small groups discussing the possible outcome of the presidential results. Tension is all over due to the ongoing vote counting.  Most roads are empty because a majority are watching the results from their television sets indoors. The police chopper is seen patrolling Kibera skies after about two hours intervals to ensure everything is in order.

But our interaction with residents from different parts in Kibera indicates, they have decided to accept whoever wins elections.

About Douglas Namale

Douglas Namale is the founder of Community Media in Kibera, Managing editor of Mtaani Insight (www.mtaani.net) and a Mapper at Map Kibera Trust. He is a former managing editor of Kibera Journal (www.kiberajournal.org) and an ICT literacy activist particularly among the youth in the slums and rural areas. He is also a facilitator in Community Media, good governance, active citizenship, Open space technology, Access to information and Freedom of expression. He has presented his work in different global platforms including, ICT4D 2010 in London, Broadcast and Film Africa Conference in Nairobi in 2011 among others. He believes an informed citizen is an empowered society. I strongly believe the ICT tools and citizen journalism will form part of 3rd liberalization in Kenya.
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