>> More turmoil in Kenya on Saturday. Residents of a Nairobi slum forced to leave their homes the morning after houses and businesses were torched during battles between rival gangs. Trouble began in the poor Kawangware neighborhood of the Kenyan capital on Thursday when youths boycotting the country's controversial presidential election clashed with police.
Authorities on Saturday now forced to delay any rerun over fears of more violence. Many Kenyans boycotted Thursday's toll with only 34% of registered voters turning out. Further voting due to take place on Saturday in four other counties was ditched by the Election Board as residents blocked roads and clashed with police.
It appears nearly all of the followers of opposition leader Ryder Odinga heeded the veteran's call for a boycott. With no ballots at all being cast in around 30 of 290 constituencies. And it now seems unlikely that incumbant President Uhuru Kenyatta will be handed a second term mandate despite winning around 97% of the votes so far.
His opponent Odinga previously pulled out of the contest, the rerun cooled after August election was annulled by the supreme Court over procedural irregularities. Odinga said the contest against Kenyatta was not going to be fair. Violence has killed at least five people since Thursday's vote. And in the aftermath of the August election, at least 45 people died during a police crackdown on opposition supporters.
The European Union has now stepped in, criticizing police and security forces, saying they must instead provide protection and avoid the excessive use of force.>>