See the chaotic scenes as Kenya elects new president after disputed vote
In the early hours of Thursday morning, Kenya’s electoral commission declared a run-off between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, the presidential candidate from Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement.
In a chaotic scene, a massive crowd of supporters of Mr. Odinga, a former military commander, tried to climb on to the presidential bus and surround the vehicle as it made its way to a rally. Police officers fired tear gas to disperse thousands of supporters.
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“We shall overcome today. We will never give up. We are prepared for anything,” said the crowd’s chairman, Mr. Odinga, before addressing the nation.
As the crowd marched towards the Kibaki bus station, witnesses said supporters of Mr. Kenyatta and Mr. Odinga had clashed near the scene of the contest. Witnesses said that at least four people were injured in the fracas, which began when Mr. Odinga supporters tried to attack the Kenyan flag at a rally held on the street.
“The crowd was chanting, ‘Let us in, let us in.’ They were waving the Kenyan flag,” Kenyan journalist and commentator Olara Otunnu told NBC News.
“They attacked the flag and the crowd went after the flag with a baton. They were shouting, ‘Kenya, Kenya, we love you!”
In an interview, Mr. Odinga said he wanted to use the presidential bus to reach the rally and to protect Mr. Kenyatta from an assault at the Kibaki bus station.
“I came out to defend the honor of my family,” said Mr. Odinga, according