NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 11 – It was all ears on the ground in most parts of the country, and not any different in Nairobi slums ahead of the announcement of the presidential election results Friday.
Most residents of city slums, majority of them male youths, were seen in groups talking in low tones.
Police presence was high to ensure law and order prevailed before and after the much awaited announcement by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
In Kawangware despite heightened anxiety, sanity has prevailed.
“We just want peace,” the youths would be heard saying.
Some ganged up to disperse those who were violent claiming “they are outsiders who only wanted to cause chaos.
– Celebrations –
In a sharp contrast, in some informal sectors where Jubilee Party leader President Uhuru Kenyatta draws support, youths were seen buying vuvuzelas anticipating their candidate to win.
Some are wearing Jubilee Party branded shirts.
President Kenyatta is still leading according to Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission figures followed by NASA candidate Raila Odinga.
“We usually do it during every celebrations,” Robert Gitonga told Capital FM News while selling Kenyan flags and vuvuzelas at the Dagoretti Corner roundabout.
Once the announcement is made,” We expect to make a kill out of this. ”
Others business opportunists are staged along Thika Road, near Bomas of Kenya and other parts.