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Outcry after Raila’s vocal supporter orders assessment of those people who find nothing wrong with posting their photo standing beside Ruto

by Joshua Wanga
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In what was crafted as an innocent question but in reality, laden with sarcasm and innuendo, the need to conduct a thorough analysis of those who find absolutely nothing wrong with posting their photos with Ruto led to angered responses.

Self-confessed avid Raila Odinga fan Vante Karoli wondered where people find the strength to post photos of themselves with President William Ruto. His tweet read,
Vante
@Vantekaroli
Where do people get the energy to post photos online that they took with RUTO?

This elicited a quick response from one Mucai Kairu who demanded that Vante minds his own business, alluding to the popular Kiswahili proverb, How does the pepper you are not eating itch you?. His tweet read,
D. MUCAI-KAIRU
@MucaiKairu
Replying to @Vantekaroli
PILIPILI USIOILA YA KUWASHIA NINI? Captured By The Hate Lucifer Effect… JUST GET OVER IT!

William Ruto was declared winner of Kenya’s hard-fought presidential poll but then saw the announcement mired in controversy after several members of the election commission rejected the results.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati announced that Ruto had won almost 7.18 million votes (50.49 percent) in the August 9 vote, against 6.94 million (48.85 percent) for his rival Raila Odinga. Shortly before his announcement, four out of seven IEBC commissioners said they could not recognise the results, raising rigging fears in the closely-watched poll in the East African political and economic powerhouse.
“I stand before you despite intimidation and harassment. I have done my duty according to the laws of the land,” Chebukati said.
“In accordance with the law, I… hereby declare that Ruto William Samoei has been duly elected as the president.”

But in a shock announcement, IEBC vice chair Juliana Cherera told reporters that she and three of her colleagues could not “take ownership of the result that will be announced,” calling the process “opaque”.
“However we have an open door that people can go to court and because of the same we urge Kenyans to be peaceful because the rule of the law is going to prevail,” she added.

As confusion reigned, scuffles broke out at the IEBC’s heavily guarded national tallying centre in Nairobi, where some people were seen throwing chairs shortly before Chebukati’s announcement.
Although the poll passed off largely peacefully in Kenya, memories of vote-rigging and deadly violence in 2007-08 and 2017 still loom large.
The IEBC had been under intense pressure to deliver a clean election after it faced stinging criticism of its handling of the 2017 election.

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