Kenyan election descends into brawl with officials disowning results minutes before winner announced

Author: Yuvi August 16, 2022


A brawl broke out between officials at Kenya’s election results center in Nairobi amid allegations of vote rigging and a delayed announcement, with William Ruto controversially declared the winner.

Supporters of rival presidential candidate Raila Odinga were up in arms as four out of seven election commissioners said they could not recognize the results nor take part in the announcement.

The scuffles, which saw chairs flying and punches thrown, came as it appeared that a backer of Raila Odinga tried to block the head of the election commission from making an address.

While Mr Ruto arrived at the national tallying center at 1pm local time for the expected announcement, Mr Odinga did not show up.

His party’s chief election agent announced he would not ask Mr Odinga to go to the tallying as his team had not been able to verify some of the results.

‘We cannot take ownership of the result that will be announced,’ Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) vice chair Juliana Cherera told reporters, saying the process was ‘opaque’.

A brawl broke out between officials at Kenya’s results center in Nairobi amid allegations of vote rigging and a delayed announcement

The scuffles, which saw chairs thrown and punches thrown, came as it appeared that a backer of Raila Odinga tried to block the head of the election commission from making an address

The scuffles, which saw chairs thrown and punches thrown, came as it appeared that a backer of Raila Odinga tried to block the head of the election commission from making an address

The announcement of the long-awaited outcome of Kenya's presidential vote was thrown into chaos after four out of seven election commissioners said they could not recognize the results

The announcement of the long-awaited outcome of Kenya’s presidential vote was thrown into chaos after four out of seven election commissioners said they could not recognize the results

Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto reacts after being declared the winner of Kenya's presidential election

Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto reacts after being declared the winner of Kenya’s presidential election

‘We are going to give a comprehensive statement… and again we urge Kenyans to keep calm. There is an open door that people can go to court and the rule of law will prevail,’ she said.

Mr Odinga’s party agent had alleged there were ‘irregularities’ and ‘mismanagement’ in the election.

William Ruto, 55, served as Kenya’s deputy president for ten years before running for the presidency. He fell out with the previous president, Uhuru Kenyatta, who backed Mr Odinga to succeed him.

Diplomats and international elections were whisked out of the tallying hall where the chairman of the electoral commission was preparing to announce the presidential results.

The violence saw two election commissioners injured, according to Wafula Chebukati, the chair of the election commission.

The announcement was finally made around 5pm local time – a delay of four hours from the expected time, with Mr Ruto squeezing victory with 50.49 per cent of the vote to Mr Odinga’s 48.85 percent.

A run-off would have been declared if neither candidate had secured 50 per cent of the vote, giving Mr Ruto the bare minimum he needed for victory.

In his speech, Mr Ruto acknowledged his razor-thin winning margin and the divided nature of the Kenyan electorate.

Supporters of Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto celebrate at his party headquarters in Nairobi

Supporters of Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto celebrate at his party headquarters in Nairobi

Kenya's electoral commission chairman has declared Deputy President William Ruto the winner of the close presidential election over five-time contender Raila Odinga

Kenya’s electoral commission chairman has declared Deputy President William Ruto the winner of the close presidential election over five-time contender Raila Odinga

Shouting "No Raila No Peace," Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga supporters burn tIres in the Kibera neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya

Shouting “No Raila No Peace,” Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga supporters burn tIres in the Kibera neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya

Supporters of Kenya's opposition leader and presidential candidate Raila Odinga, react before the election results

Supporters of Kenya’s opposition leader and presidential candidate Raila Odinga, react before the election results

‘I will run a transparent, open and democratic government,’ he says.

‘I want to promise all the people of Kenya – whichever way they voted – that this will be their government.

‘I want to tell them [opponents] that they have nothing to fear – there is no room for vengeance. I am acutely aware that our country is at a stage where we need all hands on deck to move it forward.’

And he praised the election commission, regardless of the fact that three of its members had stated they were unable to verify the results.

The declaration of Mr Ruto’s victory triggered violence and riots among supporters of Mr Odinga, who burned tires and declared ‘No Raila, no peace.’

Kenya has a history of post-poll violence and slow progress by the electoral commission in tallying Tuesday’s vote has fed fears the election will be disputed, leading to bloody scenes like those that followed presidential polls in 2007 and 2017.

Mr Odinga has seven days to challenge Mr Ruto’s victory in court, if he so chooses to dispute the election.

International recognition has already flooded in, with Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa congratulating Mr Ruto and saying he had ‘no doubt he will serve his country, his people and our continent with distinction.’

16 August, 2022, 6:18 am

News Cinema on twitter News Cinema on facebook

Tuesday, 16th August 2022

More Stories
Dussehra 2022: Habits you should break this year
Sydney event planner shares biggest wedding styling dos and don’ts and budget alternatives
Hospital parking fees scandal continues as analysis shows one site charges £76 A DAY
After Hitting No. 62, Aaron Judge Acknowledges Pressure of Chase
Foreign nurses who fail English test can still be hired by NHS
Moment police swoop on house of devout catholic mother over ‘malicious online posts’
On Dussehra and Diwali, this Greater Noida village greets Ravana!
Heavyweight boxing world champion Mike Tyson winds back the clock with an impressive training video
Canberra rape trial: Brittany Higgins texts against Bruce Lehrmann sent to Ben Dilaway
Durga Puja 2022: Navya Nanda Plays Dhaak And Dances At Pandal
Tory conference live: Liz Truss prepares to make keynote speech to try and unite warring Tories
Terrifying moment speeding Maserati stolen by three Florida teens hits 123 mph before losing control
The end of Prince Harry and Meghan’s Netflix series?
Commonwealth Games 2026: Shooting returns, golf set to debut and women’s cricket intact for Victoria
Shellharbour council’s Reddall Reserve playground slide ‘dangerous’ as young Tailah Smith breaks leg
Sussan Ley: Australians face cost of living crisis before Christmas – Anthony Albanese doing NOTHING
OPEC and Russia meet today, with a big cut in oil output on the table.
Dussehra 2022: Ravana’s 10 Heads and What They Mean
Pike County massacre suspects attended the funeral of one of the eight victims they allegedly killed
‘Rest easy little soulja’: Family mourns mystery death of boy, 12, as vile trolls attack him
Rainbow fentanyl pills that resemble candy are found in LEGO box – as DEA warns parents
Hrithik Roshan and Ladylove Saba Azad attend Richa Chadha-Ali Fazal’s wedding reception, pose for shutterbugs together – WATCH
How to Honor a New Yorker? Name a Street After Them.
Shylah Rodden Rebel Coaster rollercoaster victim’s touching tribute to father Alan Rodden
Online retail giant Amazon pauses recruiting for corporate roles to rein in costs
Jeremy Lin Finally Loves ‘Linsanity’ Just As Much as You Do
The Eagles’ Architect Always Has a Plan B, but Plan A Is Working
Ravana Dahan on Vijayadashami 2022: Timing, Effigy Burning, Weapon Worship, Celebrations and Significance
Winner of Cleveland fishing tournament says he hopes duo who allegedly cheated get max punishment
Treasurer Jim Chalmers hints Stage Three tax cuts could be dumped after UK dumps plan
LePage Stumbles on Abortion Questioning in Maine Governor’s Debate
Election Software Executive Arrested on Suspicion of Theft
Netflix’s Jeffrey Dahmer series fact-checked: Journalist exposes which parts of the show are fake
Kanye WALKS BACK criticism of Vogue editor who called his White Lives Matter fashion show ‘violence’
Wild Cards: The Mets Are Officially Eliminated in the NL East
Ignore Adipurush trends on social media, netizens outraged by Om Raut’s portrayal of Ramayana; ‘Bollywood’s Hanuman looks Muslim…’
Mickleham Victoria Covid quarantine center closes after it cost $580million to build
Manhattan apartment sales FELL 18% in the third quarter – the first drop since 2020
Happy Dussehra 2022: Vijayadashami Whatsapp Messages, Wishes, Wishes and Quotes
Trump says National Archives should return files seized in Mar-a-Lago raid
Texas mayor forced to apologize after appearing to fall asleep during police officer’s funeral