Kenya Red Cross Elections Situational Update 4
Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) through its 64 Branches and eight Regions countrywide continues to monitor the General Elections and any incidents emerging from the same with the intention of providing an effective response to election-related vulnerabilities. So far, the Society´s Emergency Operations Centre situated in Nairobi has filed the following Regional Report as of Wednesday 6th March 2013 at 10.30am:
The situation in the Region is fairly calm. Monitoring in Kibera is still on going with youths grouping. Security has been beefed up in the area. The KRCS stand by team is also monitoring the whole Region.
Upper Eastern and Central
The KRCS Team met with the County Commissioner for a situational update. In Isiolo, there is anxiety as most results have been delayed creating a lot of tension in the area. People have been camping in the area since Tuesday. The county commissioner has asked the OCPD to beef up security.
In Marsabit, police have been deployed in the area after it was reported that youth were gathering in the area. The KRCS team is monitoring and have not identified any operational gaps. Volunteers have been stationed and on stand by all over the Region.
There is relative calm in the Region although a lot of anxiety is being experienced as residents await announcement of results by IEBC. Last night In Migori, tension was reported with some boda boda riders protesting over some ballot papers from Nyatike. This morning, the situation in the area is fairly calm with no reported incidents.
Kisumu town is still calm and generally deserted. In Kuria where there were reports of residents moving towards the border, people are now coming back to their homes as election results are being announced. Vihiga is also calm after last night´s incident that saw a presiding officer being rushed to hospital by the KRCS after he was reportedly attacked by a gang. The Regional response team is on stand by.
North and South Rift
General calm has been reported in both Regions. There is limited movement of vehicles between the two Regions as the residents await results from the IEBC.
Most of the tallying stations have completed the exercise and results being announced. There is relative calm across the Region.
Residents remained indoors as heavy security patrols went on. Mombasa area is also relatively calm. Last night, it was reported that a group of young men were spotted around Mishomoroni area. Police were alerted. The KRCS team on the ground is on stand by monitoring the situation. Tana Delta was identified as an area to be watched as one of the communities in the area did not win any electoral seats and were likely to protest in one way or the other.