Mombasa residents defy Odinga’s call to boycott work

Activity going on as usual on Moi avenue Mombasa PHOTO /FILE

Mombasa,KENYA:Mombasa residents have defied opposition chief Raila Odinga’s call to boycott work as a form of protest against what he termed as ‘sham elections’.

A spot check by Baraka FM on Monday found that businesses were going on as usual in many parts of Mombasa County including many retail outlets.

Most of the supermarkets in the town were also operational, customers trooping in and out.

Residents who spoke to Baraka FM termed Raila’s call as immature.

Stephen Omondi said Kenyans had spent so much time campaigning and therefore needed ample time to recover the time lost during the electioneering period.

“Millions of Kenyans have been employed in the private sector and therefore unlawful for them to stay out of work on political grounds”, he said.

He urged the opposition to accept the polls outcome and move on so that the country can progress socially, economically and politically.

At the same time, Joseph Oyoo called on the NASA chief to follow the right procedure if he is not contented with the overall election outcome.

He alleged that Odinga is complicating matters for himself and creating an unnecessary tension in the country.

“I urge raila to follow the right procedure which includes the court process if he feels the elections were unfair.” He said.

On Sunday, the NASA presidential candidate urged his supporters to boycott work on Monday and promised to officially announce his next move on Tuesday after raising concern that the elections were not free ad fair.

The Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission Chairperson Wafula Chebukati declared Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta the winner of the 2017 presidential general election at the Bomas of Kenya, the official tallying centre on Friday shortly after 10 PM.

Uhuru Kenyatta on a Jubilee party ticket garnered 8,203,290 million votes edging Raila Odinga of NASA who managed to get 6,762,224 million of the total votes cast.