Newly elected MPs hug, crack jokes as voters protest over results – VIDEOS
As a section of Kenyans engaged in vitriol on social media and protests on the streets in reaction to the presidential election outcome, their leaders were filmed cracking jokes and hugging at the tallying centre.
At the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi, politicians aligned to both the ruling and opposition chatted freely, a stark contrast to the consistent exchange of barbs among themselves during the campaigns.
Leader of Majority in Parliament Aden Duale, who has been re-elected as Garrissa Township MP, was seen hugging ODM chairman John Mbadi, before the broke into prolonged laughter.
Rachel Shebesh, a loser to Esther Passaris in the Nairobi Women Representative seat , was heard taunting Mbadi, commenting: “Hamna numbers, hamna Senators, Hamna MPs.”
In a separate video, Homa Bay senator Moses Kajwang was spotted engaging in a more formal discussion with Shebesh and re-elected Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi.
The scenes were different in Nasa strongholds of Nairobi and Kisumu where youths engaged police in running battles for the better part of Friday night.