Supreme Court’s decision upholding the re-election of President Kenyatta has touched off violent demos in some perceived opposition strongholds.
Supporters of the National Super Alliance (Nasa) and its leader Raila Odinga on Monday took to the streets to express their disappointment with the judgment.
The demos turned violent in some parts of Nyanza, Mr Odinga’s home turf, and Kibera and Mathare slums in the capital Nairobi.
In Kisumu, a car was set ablaze in Kondele slums moments after chaos broke out in the lakeside city in the wake of the apex court’s judgment.
Youths barricaded roads leading into and leaving Kisumu central business district with burning tyres and rocks.
Some were stopping and inspecting public service vehicles for unknown reasons.
They accosted three occupants of a saloon car, beat and mugged them before vandalising and setting the vehicle alight.
The trio ran to the Kondele Police Station to save their lives.
Businesses around Kondele and Kibuye closed in a huff out of fear of looting.
Parts of Kisumu CBD were, however, calm after the court’s decision.
In Migori county, residents expressed disappointment with the apex court’s decision.
They said since they did not cast their ballots in the fresh presidential poll, they will not recognise the administration of Mr Kenyatta.
“We are waiting for our leader Raila Odinga to give us direction…if it will come to secession, then so be it,” said Mr John Onyango, a Jua Kali artisan.
A retired civil servant, Mr Barack Otieno, wondered how the divisions in the country will be addressed.
“Tribalism and hatred are getting entrenched by the day and the two major political divides continues to pull apart,” he said.
But most parts of Nyanza and western Kenya were calm as others, perceived to be pro-Jubilee Party, erupted in celebrations.
Scores of residents in Kuria in Migori county, for instance, celebrated the court’s verdict.