Prayer plea for children as Kenya awaits election results

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Opposition supporters boycotted the election and clashed with police, forcing authorities to postpone voting in some areas.

Henry Makiwa, from the Christian charity World Vision UK told Premier that staff were in touch with a representative in the East African country and he asked that people pray for the nation.

He said: “This political process and the reports we are getting on violence is not so good and doesn’t bode well for the future, safety and protection of the children of Kenya.”

A source said one person was killed in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu County, another in Homa Bay in the west, and the third in Athi River town outside the capital, Nairobi.

 

Authorities have postponed voting in several counties until Saturday because tear gas, burning barricades and gangs of young people preventing voting in some towns.

However, Mr Makiwa told Premier young people shouldn’t be held responsible for violence in the country.

He explained: “At the core of our work is the children themselves who are very often, never the cause of violence – especially of a political nature but always the victims.”

While most of Kenya was peaceful, voter turnout was relatively low even in some regions considered to be strongholds for President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was declared the winner of an 8th August election that later was nullified by the Supreme Court.

Opposition leader Mr Raila Odinga, whose legal challenge to the…

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