Elections after-math in Kibera 2

A crowd at Kamukunji grounds, listening to their leaders on the political situation in Kibera

A crowd at Kamukunji grounds, listening to their leaders on the political situation in Kibera

Most shops remain shut, empty streets; lack of basic services and hiked prices on most food stuffs describes the situation in Kibera on Wednesday morning. Residents remain indoors glued to their television sets following Isaak Hassan’s appearance to announce a new presidential result.

In the eastern parts of Kibera, the youth are seen in small ethnic enclaves on the roadsides. They are both discussing the possible outcome of the poll and what it could mean to them. In the middle and western side, the situation is the same.

At Kamukunji ground, a crowd is meeting to analyze the political situation. Groups of people are seen gathering in Kambi Muru and Mashimoni villages discussing the neck to neck presidential race.

In Olympic, anxious voters rejuvenated after IEBC annulled the streaming provisional presidential results. Majority have are uneasy with the streaming results.

Twenty year old Jack Mureithi thinks everything is fine, although he is quick to add, “Am not sure of the outcome.” Another youth Hezekiah Akwanah is leading a conversation in a group of five. They are all worried something wrong might be cooking, and are not told what is going own. “Hata last time Kivuitu alianza tu hivi” even last time Kivuitu started like this. He frowns.

Some have now started to disclose what transpired on Monday. They say BVR kits malfunction and now the electronic transmission crash… is a total downer. One old middle-age man says “Kivuitu was more organized. We never had cases of names lacking in the register.”

A group of youth exchanging views on the possible cause of delayed presidential results

A group of youth exchanging views on the possible cause of delayed presidential results

Hundreds of names lacked in the IEBC manual register in many parts of Langatta and Kibra constituencies.  More than 500 people were also chased away without voting in a single polling station, though they arrived early than closing time.

BVR kits malfunction was reported in over 60% of all polling stations in the two constituencies. Five cases of people caught with polling papers outside the polling room in different locations and voter bribery was also reported.

Two people were nabbed casting more than one vote in a single ballot box.

Mean while, General Service Unit police are seen strolling most parts of the western parts of Kibera.

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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