KISUMU, Kenya — The Kenyan opposition leader, Raila Odinga, threw early results of the country's presidential election into doubt on Wednesday, claiming that the electoral commission's servers had been hacked to award the incumbent, Uhuru Kenyatta, ...
The mood was tense in Kisumu, where residents said they were furious about what they called a hacked election.
Large parts of the city were calm, but in the Kondele neighborhood, crowds were being dispersed by police officers using tear gas.
Part of a nearby road was blocked, and tires had been set on fire. Some residents were seen running away.
“You cannot keep stealing votes at every election,” said Frank Opondo, 38, who was at the scene, while other people shouted, “No Raila, no peace!”
“The elections are not fair,” said Milama Obwanda, 37, as a crowd quickly formed around him. “We’re not going to relax until the decision we made yesterday is respected.”
His friend Doreen Atieno said that the hacking accusations and the killing of the election official needed to be investigated if the authorities and institutions in Kenya were to be trusted.
“We want to know,” she said. “We want leaders with clean hands. We’re not going to take it anymore.”
Throughout his campaign, Mr. Odinga stirred up supporters by warning that the election could be stolen. He said he had been robbed of victory in the previous two contests. In 2013, Mr. Kenyatta won by a margin so tiny that Mr. Odinga sought unsuccessfully to have the Supreme Court invalidate the election.
Fred Matiangi, the acting interior minister and a member of Mr. Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party, called on Kenyans to wait for the final results from the electoral commission. “Until then, we remain committed to do our part in ensuring that the country is secure and safe,” he told a news conference.
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