Why repeat poll was one in which there will never be any winners

Police officers battle it out with Kibera residence near Olympic Primary School on October 26, 2017. While official results recorded a landslide victory for President Kenyatta, the low turnout and the circumstances surrounding the polls means his government has gained little. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • So who won the battle of Olympic Primary School? Raila Odinga, because his call for “national resistance” led to a prolonged attempt to shut the station?

  • Or Uhuru Kenyatta, because one voter made it through the blockage and gave him their support?

  • The honest answer, though, is that no one won. President Kenyatta has clearly taken the most votes, but this is a hollow victory.

  • But Kenyatta’s difficulties do not mean that this should be interpreted as a resounding victory for Raila Odinga.

Thursday’s election was a depressing affair. From the violent protests in some areas to the low turnout in others, it was a day to forget.


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