Uhuru Kenyatta election case sparks tension in Kisumu

Sunday November 19 2017

Truck set on fire in Kisumu.

A truck set on fire in Kisumu on November 19, 2017 amid tension in the town. A witness said the truck hit a pedestrian and sped off to Central Police Station. PHOTO | JUSTUS OCHIENG | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By JUSTUS OCHIENG'
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A state of anxiety gripped Kisumu County on Sunday ahead of Monday’s Supreme Court verdict.

The court is expected to give its ruling on petitions filed against the October 26 repeat presidential election.

TENSION

Locals said they expected the court to annul the polls as “it was a sham as no polls were conducted in the region”.

Tension was evident in the Lakeside City on Sunday evening as youths barricaded the main Kakamega-Kisumu highway inspecting vehicles.

Buses inspected in Kondele.

Youths inspect vehicles on the Kakamega-Kisumu road on November 19, 2017. PHOTO | RUSHDIE OUDIA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The youths said they were unhappy over the killing of at least five people in Ruaraka Constituency, Nairobi County.

A truck was also set ablaze just outside the Central Police Station.

A witness claimed the truck had knocked down a pedestrian then sped off to the station.

Truck set on fire in Kisumu.

A truck set on fire in Kisumu on November 19, 2017 amid tension in the town. A witness said the truck hit a pedestrian and sped off to Central Police Station. PHOTO | JUSTUS OCHIENG | NATION MEDIA GROUP

SECURITY

Nyanza regional police boss Leonard Katana said police were on high alert ahead of tomorrow’s verdict.

“We are prepared to deal with any eventualities tomorrow and we urge the people to maintain order as students are still sitting their national examinations,” Mr Katana told the Nation earlier.

Details of the torching of the truck have remained scanty as the police officers cannot be reached.