Tension returned to some parts of Nairobi on 8 January following the surprise announcement by incumbent president Mwai Kibaki of part of his new cabinet. Local news sources say that riots broke out in Mathare slum and Kariobangi North as supporters loyal to the defeated presidential candidate for the main opposition party Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), Raila Odinga, took to the streets in protest at the nominations, which the party has refused to recognise. So far no ODM members have been appointed to the government, although Kibaki has said he has left some minor positions open to assign in light of negotiations due to take place over the next few days.

Tension is also reported to have returned to the western towns of Eldoret and Kisumu, opposition strongholds and the scene of some of the worst violence following the disputed elections of 27 December. In Kisumu three people are said to have been killed in the latest unrest although local police sources have denied the allegations. In Eldoret the BBC reports that people who had just returned to the town after being displaced by initial violence were once again preparing to flee.