NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9 – Supporters of the Jubilee coalition have been pouring onto the streets of Nairobi since the wee hours of the morning when their presidential candidate, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, garnered the highest number of votes tallied by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Kenyatta’s supporters congregated at Uhuru Park where the Jubilee coalition held its final campaign rally before the March 4 General Election having marched and driven down Jogoo Road, Ngong Road and Mombasa Road.
The celebrants waved twigs calling for all Kenyans to accept the presidential results and for peace in the nation, “We have voted in peace and now we want to celebrate in peace,” Muthui Maina said waving a red flag with the letters TNA on it – The National Alliance (TNA) being the political party ticket that Kenyatta’s ran on.
“We mean no ill will,” Apostle Michael Njoroge, one of the convoy organisers, said adding, “We love all Kenyans and even as we celebrate, we will not cause any problems.”
Deputy Inspector General of Police, Grace Kaindi, confirmed that the celebrations have so far been peaceful and Nairobi Central Police Chief, Robinson Mboloi, assured city residents of security.
“People should not be scared. We have taken control of those who are celebrating and we don’t expect any problems. We are closely monitoring those who are celebrating to make sure they don’t commit crimes on their way.”
Tabitha Wambui makes a living hawking avocados and mangoes in Kayole but she says Saturday March 9 is no day for work, it’s a day to celebrate, “We got up 2am in the morning and woke up Komarock residents with all our shouting and singing. I’m even surprised to see my shoes are torn.”
Catherine Wambui has no idea what happened to her shoes but she beats her drum enthusiastically regardless, “We came down Kangundo Road on foot to celebrate the year of Jubilee.”
Once the celebration is over, Wambui says she’d like to see Kenyatta fulfil his campaign promises, “All these people don’t have jobs and now that we went out and voted in Kenyatta by the masses, we’d like for him to do as he promised and give us the money that’s been set aside for a run off to start businesses.”