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Disputed presidential results stall business

A section of Moi Avenue remains empty on August 9, 2017. Photo | Kanyiri Wahito | NMG
A section of Moi Avenue remains empty on August 9, 2017. Photo | Kanyiri Wahito | NMG 

Economic activity came to a near standstill as the country grappled with an inconclusive outcome of Tuesday’s elections that opposition leader Raila Odinga said had been compromised.

Nairobi, the country’s capital and economic powerhouse, was deserted throughout, with thousands of business premises remaining under lock and key.

Kenya’s elections have always come with a measure apprehension, which heightened yesterday after Mr Odinga questioned the credibility of the preliminary results showing him trailing President Uhuru Kenyatta by a wide margin.

The Northern Corridor — the country’s major highway and a key transport artery that moves goods from the Mombasa port to the hinterland and landlocked neighbours such as Uganda and Rwanda — had just a handful of trucks, highlighting slow activity on the often clogged stretch.

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