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Kenyans Want the Election to be Over—These Are Their Reactions

Kenyan Twitter reacts to the unrest following Uhuru's win in round 1 of the presidential election.

KENYA—Round 1 of the Kenyan Elections took place yesterday and according to provisional results, Uhuru Kenyatta, the current president, stands for re-election after winning 54.3 percent of votes.


Kenya follows a modified version of the two-round system. Because Kenyatta won more than 50 percent of votes it's unlikely that there will be a round 2, unless he fails to fulfill the second condition— winning  25 percent of votes in at least 24 counties.

After hearing of Kenyatta's victory, his main challenger and long-time rival Raila Odinga called the results a "complete fraud," claiming the new electronic system used to count the votes had been hacked.  He later posted on his Twitter account a series of "proof" corroborating his story.

The two candidates have a  deep inherited rivalry. Kenyatta's father, a Kikuyu, was the first President of Kenya and Odinga, a Luo, was his vice-president. When the two of them bitterly parted ways  in 1966, political rivalries between the two ethnic groups ensued.

This is also not the first time Odinga has contested an election's results. In both 2007 and 2013, he ran against Uhuru and following his loss declared the elections rigged. The elections took a dramatic turn in 2007, when 1200 people where killed in post-ballot violence.

While this time most parts of Kenya remained calm, angry protesters from Mathara and Kisumu took to the streets to express their discontent. According to Aljazeera, at least three people were shot dead as police and protesters clashed.

Here is what Kenyan Twitter had to say about the recent events:

 

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Photo by Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto via Getty Images.

How Davido's 'FEM' Became the Unlikely #EndSARS Protest Anthem

When Nigerian youth shout the line "Why everybody come dey para, para, para, para for me" at protests, it is an act of collective rebellion and rage, giving flight to our anger against the police officers that profile young people, the bureaucracy that enables them, and a government that appears lethargic.

Some songs demand widespread attention from the first moments they unfurl themselves on the world. Such music are the type to jerk at people's reserves, wearing down defenses with an omnipresent footprint at all the places where music can be shared and enjoyed, in private or in communion; doubly so in the middle of an uncommonly hot year and the forced distancing of an aggressive pandemic that has altered the dynamics of living itself. Davido's "FEM" has never pretended to not be this sort of song. From the first day of its release, it has reveled in its existence as the type of music to escape to when the overbearing isolation of lockdown presses too heavily. An exorcism of ennui, a sing-along, or a party starter, "FEM" was made to fit whatever you wanted it to be.

However, in the weeks since its release, the song has come to serve another purpose altogether. As young Nigerians have poured out into the streets across the country to protest against the brutality of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, known as SARS, "FEM" has kept playing with the vigour of a generational protest anthem. From Lagos to Abia to Benin and Abuja, video clips have flooded the Internet of people singing word-for-word to Davido's summer jam as they engage in peaceful protests. In one video, recorded at Alausa, outside the Lagos State Government House, youths break into an impromptu rendition of the song when the governor of the state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, tried addressing them; chants of "O boy you don dey talk too much" rent through the air, serving as proof of their dissatisfaction with his response to their demands—and the extortionist status quo.

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