Nyanza remains peaceful, calm after Supreme Court verdict
A general calm was witnessed in Nyanza region following the Supreme Court ruling that upheld the election of Kenya Kwanza leader William Ruto as the President-elect.
A spot check by People Daily across the region established that residents on Thursday remained peaceful and calm as the Supreme Court delivered the verdict on election challenging the election of President elect William Ruto. For instance, in Kisumu town there was normalcy as residents went about their normal business.
It was generally a peaceful atmosphere with businesses on as usual, although a gloomy mood engulfed the counties.
There were reportedly no mass human traffic as most people retreated to their homes to watch the television and acquaint themselves with the election verdict reality.
One of the traders Jane Omollo said:“ We feared to open our shops. But we have seen air of peace. Tomorrow, we will open.” Many others expressed similar concerns. They prayed for peace to prevail in Kenya. Similarly, there were no celebrations which were witnessed elsewhere in parts of the country over the Supreme Court judgment over the presidential election petition.
Seemingly disappointed supporters of Azimio-One Kenya Coalition presidential candidate Raila Odinga kept calm as they went about their businesses. Many business premises were in operation with only a few remaining closed.
There was, however, limited movements of public service vehicles on the major roads leading from the town as well as people on the streets.
Anti riot police officers were seen in their vehicle patrolling the roads within the lakeside city as they kept vigilant on possible chaos.
Governor Anyang Nyong’o lauded the residents for remaining peaceful during the election period even as reiterated calls for calm among the locals after the Supreme court verdict.