In Summary
  • Transport along the Nairobi-Nakuru-Eldoret highway was also paralysed for over 30 minutes.

  • In Naivasha, Molo and Gilgil towns, it was all song and dance for hours.

  • Motorists were forced to join the celebrations, but no acts of lawlessness were reported.

Wild celebrations broke out in various parts of Jubilee strongholds after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission announced that President Kenyatta had beaten his main challenger, Raila Odinga of Nasa.

In Nakuru town, major streets – including Kenyatta Avenue, Gusii Road, Baringo Road, the popular Kanu Street and the Central Business District – were turned into the gala venues.

Transport along the Nairobi-Nakuru-Eldoret highway was also paralysed for over  30 minutes by huge groups of supporters chanting, shouting, whistling, waving twigs and Jubilee banners, and blowing vuvuzelas as they celebrated at Free Area, Kunste and other areas.

JUBILEE STRONGHOLD

Nakuru is considered a Jubilee stronghold and delivered 639,528 votes to Mr Kenyatta while Mr Raila Odinga got 111,789 votes.

In Naivasha, Molo and Gilgil towns, it was all song and dance for hours.

Motorists were forced to join the celebrations, but no acts of lawlessness were reported.

Although usually a beehive of activity, yesterday Naivasha remained deserted with a heavy police presence.

“It is a routine patrol by the law enforcers to ensure law and order are maintained,” said Mr Isaac Masinde, the sub-county administrator. He said security will remain tight with the cosmopolitan town prone to sporadic incidents of violence.

Eldoret town, which was hit the hardest following the disputed 2007 presidential election result, was on Friday evening thrown into a frenzy after celebrations broke out following Mr Kenyatta’s victory.

BUDALANG’I CHEERS

Some went down on their knees and uttered prayers while others lay on the ground chanting anti-Odinga slogans.

“This is a historic day for this country. I knew President Kenyatta will be elected based on his track record. No doubt about that,” said Mr Daniel Waweru, a taxi driver in the town and a Jubilee supporter. 

However, by Saturday morning the celebrations had whittled down to small groups of people seen discussing the political development in the country. Eldoret is Deputy President William Ruto’s home town.

Two people were run over by vehicles on Friday night during the celebrations following the announcement of President Kenyatta as the winner of Tuesday’s General Election.

A man was knocked down in Mai-Mahiu in the outskirts of Naivasha town during celebrations.

Angry residents torched the vehicle immediately after the incident.

DEATH

Deputy County Commissioner Isaac Masinde confirmed the death, which occurred immediately the presidential results were announced. Police said several young people were hanging precariously on moving vehicles, oblivious of the danger.

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