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#WATWB – ResqueBnB: Bringing Together Victims and Volunteers Amid Post-Poll Chaos in Kenya

#WATWB – ResqueBnB: Bringing Together Victims and Volunteers Amid Post-Poll Chaos in Kenya

The August 8th presidential elections turned out to be a fierce dynastic contest pitting the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta against his rival, formidable opposition leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga. The outcome, where the electoral commission declared Uhuru Kenyatta winner, led to pockets of protests across the opposition leader’s strongholds.

Police responded to the protests with deadly force, leading to an unknown number of deaths. Human rights groups put the number of deaths at twenty four while opposition leaders put the figure at over a hundred.

In the wake of this brutality, some families were forced to run away from their homes, citing cases where police broke into people’s houses to brutalize them. Those who ran from their dwellings were essentially stranded given that most did not have secondary residences.

While some chose to sit back and blame the victims for being ‘violent protesters,’ Kenyan developer Tevin Otieno and colleague Miss Nyawira came with ResqueBnB, a collaborative endeavor between social media users and humanitarian volunteers to connect stranded victims with willing hosts who can accommodate them for an unspecified period. The initiative has also overseen collection of cash and food donations. The groups activities are also coordinated via their Twitter handle @ResqueBnB. A more detailed description of the initiative can be found here.

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Posted by on August 28, 2017 in Inspiration, Lifestyle, News, True Stories, Uncategorized

 

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Kenya Media Blacks Out Post-Poll Chaos

Some parts of Kenya broke into song and dance as chaos and mayhem rocked others following the IEBC’s declaration of Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner of the just concluded, hotly contested presidential elections.
Reports of people being being shot and brutalised started streaming into social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp and Telegram shortly after the electoral commission declared Uhuru the duly elected president.

Images of people shot dead, particularly from the lakeside town of Kisumu, a bastion of opposition leader Raila Odinga, were shared widely.

Conspicuously though, none of these incidences has made it to mainstream local media, pointing to a deliberate effort to black out such news.

Here are some posts on popular social platforms:

Meanwhile some supporters of the ruling party could not restrain from gloating.

While some goverment sympathizers have accused the opposition, pointedly Raila Odinga, for not calming their supporters, it is clear from the video below that is not the case. Opposition leaders were earlier in the day talking to supporters when they were attacked by police.

Despite videos and photos telling a contrary tale, Cabinet Secretary for Interior Security Dr. Fred Matiang’i as well the police spokesperson have said police are acting within the law to deal with looters and that no live bullets have been used. In the video below police officers are clearly breaking into someone’s house while calling for them to come out. Clearly contradicting the statement that police are not brutalising innocent civilians.

It remains to be seen if Uhuru will commit to unite a Kenya so polarised along tribal lines that it’s threatening to tear apart at the slightest provocations.

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2017 in News

 

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