Kenya is plagued by significant post-election violence. A standoff seems to be playing out in the streets between the new president and his dolphin.
In Kenya, President Ruto and the opponent Odinga remain entrenched in their respective positions. On Sunday and Monday, the Kenyan police again intervened to contain the demonstrators. THE Ruto's dolphin in the presidential election, Raila Odinga, like each of his electoral defeats, called on his supporters to come out into the streets. This time, it is a rally against the cost of living that the opponent organized. Demonstrations deemed “illegal” by the authorities. Many injuries and at least two deaths were recorded.
A situation that worries the international community. The African Union (AU), the United States and many Western embassies have expressed concern. Especially since Odinga calls for a new day of mobilization, this Thursday.
We are far from the usual post-election demonstrations. A property belonging to the country's former president, Uhuru Kenyatta, who backed Raila Odinga during the presidential campaign, was stormed and looted by protesters.
Beyond the symbol, it is the process that questions: the looters would indeed have been transported by bus and would have been little bothered by the police. Something to surprise Raila Odinga, who sees it as a staging of the power in place. The police have promised an investigation into the destruction of the former president's house but also into the ransacking of a gas company.
The situation is likely to be just as explosive this Thursday, while William Ruto is not in Kenya. The recently elected president is indeed currently in Europe. And he accuses Odinga of being behind the violence and of having political ambitions within the future government.