Kenya is still awaiting the results of the elections on Tuesday 8 August. The counting of ballots has been going on for several days, but the Electoral Commission is expected to publish the final results within the next few hours. The provisional figures give the outgoing president Uhuru Kenyatta in front, in front of his rival Raila Odinga who denounces fraud.
Article updated regularly with our special envoys in Nairobi, Sebastian Nemeth, and Laure Broulard
At the national counting center in Bomas, the announcement of the results is still awaited. It is here that everything is centralized. Originally, it is a cultural center. The Kenyan Constitution of 2005, a very controversial text in Kenyan history, was drafted here.
The hall is surrounded by terraces. On the one hand, diplomatic delegations and Kenyan officials; On the other, dozens and dozens of journalists; And at the center, the officers of the Electoral Commission and representatives of the political parties who review the paper reports and compare them with the results put online.
Call for calm of the Electoral Commission
Outside, there are even more journalists and many security forces. The area is gridded. You have to go twice to the scanner to access, and only with a special badge. We see many armed soldiers, some even on horseback. But the atmosphere is overall relaxed. At 1 pm UT, a few hours before the expected announcement of the official results, no tensions were felt.
Earlier in the day, the Kenyan Electoral Commission called on Kenyans to be patient. “Collecting all these results can take time,” said Wafula Chebukati, the president of the commission announced that the organization would meet with all parties. A diplomatic source said that President Uhuru Kenyatta, ministers and Raila Odinga had arrived at the national counting center where the results will be announced.
Proponents of threatening Odinga
However, the coalition of Raila Odinga continues to contest. About fifteen elected members of the opposition made a speech this Friday morning. One of them, John Mbadi reiterated that the IEBC figures were wrong, that Raila Odinga was the winner. He called on the Kenyans to remain ” calm but vigilant ” for justice to be done.
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But just after him, another MP, Paul Ongili, spoke out forcibly when it was not intended. He said there was ” a cost to accomplish his destiny “, that Kenya was worth the trouble of “dying for him” and that he would do whatever was necessary for Odinga to win. An inflamed speech that did not surprise the Kenyan journalists: Paul Ongili is apparently known for his often virulent remarks.
I sincerely believe that Raila has won and that it is the government that is trying to create chaos.