Calm returns to western Kenya’s Kisumu after poll suspension

Most of business operations resumed in Kisumu, Migori, Siaya and Homa Bay counties in Western Kenya on Saturday following the announcement by the electoral body that voting exercise had been postponed in the regions to a later date.

The region which is opposition strongholds have been marred with chaos and tensions since the disputed presidential election commenced on Oct. 26.

The two days protests have seen three people succumbed to gunshot injuries and several others injured.

The residents had earlier warned the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and its officials of dire consequences if it set up the voting materials in the region.

A spot revealed that business activities resumed on Saturday morning in Kisumu County.

A number of supermarkets, open air markets, hotels, bus terminals and small shops were generally opened and boda boda (motorcycle taxi) operations going on as well.

At the main bus terminal in Kisumu County, residents flocked to travel back to areas of work. Despite the hiked fare, travelers were happy to get a means of transport to Nairobi and to other various parts of the East African nation.

For the two days, the roads had been barricaded by angry protesters in the region.

Barnabas Ogutu, 35, a second hand clothes dealer in Kisumu said a number of traders had incurred losses following the protests.

Ogutu said some traders had their shops vandalized and goods stolen during the protests.

In Homa Bay County, normalcy resumed amid concerns that livelihoods in the county had been affected.

Majority of the residents depend on fishing as the main source of livelihood.

John Onyango, a fisherman in Homa Bay, said he was unable to go fishing for the past two days because of the protests witnessed in the region.

Kisumu county Governor Peter Anyang Nyong’o on Friday declared five days of mourning in the lakeside city following the death of protesters. He condemned the use of live bullets by police on unarmed citizens

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