Businesses in Kenya are appealing to political leaders to put their differences aside amid sluggish economic activity due to political tension.

This follows the outcome of Tuesday’s presidential elections, in which President Uhuru Kenyatta defeated his veteran rival, Raila Odinga.

The Kenyan Human Rights Commission says 24 people have died in election-related violence. But, the opposition says the number of people killed is far higher.

On Saturday, riot police fired tear gas at protesters in opposition areas of the capital, Nairobi.

Small business owners say political tension is disrupting their work.

“People are somehow anxious due to the former Prime Minister saying that he is the President – and now they are thinking things are going to erupt the way they erupted in 2007. The big role is to accept things how they are, because as it is we have accepted as business people, the outcome of the election. So the main guys who are up there should accept, and tell the people that we accept it and things are ok, then I think things will come back to normal.”

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– By Risha Maduray