Voters allied to neither Kenyatta nor Odinga hoped the election would reflect a new Kenya, shunning old rivalries. But the politics of tribe and patronage persist
After a gruelling campaign Kenya’s anticipated election has come to an end with provisional results showing an almost unassailable lead for the incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta, beating his long-time rival and opposition leader Raila Odinga and gaining 54% of the vote (above the 51% needed to make him the constitutionally mandated leader).
For many Kenyans, though, the vote has a feeling of deja vu about it. Odinga has said he will not concede defeat, and called the election a fraud, alleging rigging and tampering of the electronic vote-tallying system by the Kenyatta camp, evoking memories of the 2013 elections that were hotly contested and vehemently protested.