Voting Closes But Painting a Picture of a Divided Nation 

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BY CHARLES SITUMA | Wakajuaness.Com

Voting process has just ended at exactly 5PM in most parts of the country, paving way for the tallying process which is openly expected to give President Uhuru Kenyatta an easy victory.

Kenya went back to the ballot today – Thursday –  in a fresh election after the Supreme Court nullified the August 8 election that President Uhuru Kenyatta had been illegally declared the winner.

Images of lengthy queues of voters in Central and Rift Valley parts of Kenya and footages of anti-riot police battling supporters of opposition supporters characterised by empy polling stations depict a country in a state of drama and tranquillity at the same time.

Divided voters 

In Eldoret North, Deputy President William Ruto cast his vote early in the morning flanked with his supporters. 

The same was witnessed in Gatundu South where President Uhuru Kenyatta cast his vote where in his press conference, conceded that Kenya’s biggest problem is tribalism.  

In parts of Mombasa County, opposition National Super Alliance supporters stationed themselves at the entrances of polling stations to stop residents from voting.

Voters line up to vote at Mutomo Polling station in Gatundu South. This is where President Uhuru cast his vote from. PHOTO/COURTESY. 

In Nyanza, the home-base of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, there was no election in most of the polling stations. 

Reports had earlier suggested that electoral officers absconded duty for fear of their lives after threats from the agitated supporters of Mr Odinga whose victory they believe, was stolen. 

Police against citizens 


Police hurled teargas canisters at the supporters who had vowed never to allow voting to take place.

In Kondele suburbs of Kisumu City, Odinga’s supporters blocked a road to stop any vehicle carrying ballot material from ferrying them to polling stations. 

Footages published by tv stations show the demonstrators planting huge stones at the middle of the road and cooking a meal in a mockery of President Uhuru’s birthday which is today, cases that have prompted Chairman Wafula Chebukati to postpone the election in those areas to Saturday 28 of this October. 

The Supreme Court nullified the August election after finding illegalities in the manner the Interim Electoral and Bounderies Commission (IEBC) conducted the election. 

Mr Odinga petitioned the case accusing the IEBC officials of stealing his victory in favour of the incumbent and led countrywide demos demanding for the exit of IEBC commissioners including CEO Ezira Chiloba. 

Divided IEBC

However, his demands were not met and thus, opted out of the race together with his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka and called on his supporters not to participate in the election. 

Exactly a week ago, IEBC’s communication officer Roselyn Akombe tendered her resignation, accusing the commission of being partisan, comments that were echoed by chairman Wafula Chebukati who said the divisions make the agency unable to guarantee a free, fair, transparent and credible election. 

Due to these confessions, three petitioners moved to Supreme Court on Tuesday to stop the election. Chief Justice David Maraga certified the urgency of the case and directed that the case be listened to the following day. 

Divided Supreme Court 

On the same evening the petition was submitted, something strange happened: Deputy Chief Jutice Philomena Mwilu’s driver was shot by unknown assailants on Ngong Road, fleeing with his gun.  

Justice Muilu did not end up appearing on the bench that was to  hear the petition case, as were four other judges out who gave suspicious excuses for their absence. 

With only two Supreme Court judges on the bench, the case could not go on due to lack of quorum, a dramatic script that paints a picture of a divided Supreme Court. 

With NASA now transformed into a none-violent Resistance Movement to fight for electoral justice, the future of the country is thrown into uncertainty. 

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