Monday, 23 October, 2017

Uhura Kenyatta declared victor of Kenya election

Kenyan riot police officers patrol a neighbourhood in Nairobi following riots Kenyan riot police officers patrol a neighbourhood in Nairobi following riots
Dexter Carr | 12 August, 2017, 00:24

Kenyans were Friday waiting with bated breath for the final results of a hotly contested presidential poll between incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Preliminary results on Thursday had put Kenyatta at 54.2 percent of the vote and Odinga at 44.9 percent.

Kenyan opposition official James Orengo calls the country's election process a "charade" and a "disaster" as Kenyans await results from Tuesday's vote.

Global observers have praised the handling of the election, with the European Union saying it had seen no sign of manipulation despite opposition complaints and scattered protests.

But Odinga supporters, many of them members of his Luo tribe or other allied tribes, said they are being robbed of yet another election. "William Ruto as deputy-president elect", the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati said. Odinga also lost the 2007 election, which was followed by violence fueled by ethnic tensions that killed more than 1,000 people. "There was no serious security cases reported; I therefore urge Kenyans to remain calm", Matiangi said.

The National Super Alliance (NASA) has alleged massive rigging from shortly after the end of Tuesday's election, and had earlier asked the election commission (IEBC) to hold off on announcing results until their concerns could be addressed.

"The judicial process, the judicial system of Kenya and the election laws themselves make full and adequate provision for accountability in this election", Kerry said.

As a longstanding friend of Kenya, the United States applauds the millions of Kenyans who on August 8 peacefully exercised their fundamental democratic right to choose their leaders.

They say the unrest broke out after Kenya's election commission announced that President Uhuru Kenyatta had won a second term, defeating Odinga.

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Representatives of the opposition coalition then exited the main electoral centre in the capital, Nairobi.

"We are willing to lose our lives", said Steve Omindo, another protester, suggesting that the demonstrations would continue, even as police trucks could be seen in the distance.

Another handsome addition was that about five million young Kenyans voted for the first time, and added a new dimension to politics in the country.

Photo Mr. Kenyatta in Gatundu, Kenya, on the day of the election.

The opposition claim centered on the torture and murder of a key election official, Chris Msando, who was in charge of information and communications technology at the election commission, just days before the vote.

Losing an election can be "very frustrating" because it prevents one from achieving a set goal, former president John Dramani Mahama has said. He has not indicated how he will mount any challenge to the results in this election.

The electoral commission admitted that hackers had tried to access its database, but said they did not succeed.

Two people were shot dead in Nairobi as they took advantage of the protests to loot, Nairobi police chief Japheth Koome said.

Protracted turmoil could derail an economy that's grown an average of 5.7 percent a year since Kenyatta took power in 2013, and threaten its reputation as a top African investment and tourist destination.

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