Kenya Opposition To Challenge Kenyatta's Victory In Court

by Dominic Parks August 17, 2017, 10:29
Kenya Opposition To Challenge Kenyatta's Victory In Court

"This means that both the provisional and final results announced last week are null and void and that Uhuru Kenyatta was not lawfully declared victor", Raila claimed.

At least 24 people have died in protests opposing President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election although worldwide observers saying the official results, which show Kenyatta trounced veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga with more than 1 million votes, are credible.

Mr Odinga, who has said the poll was rigged, had previously refused to appeal to the Supreme Court.

If local and worldwide observers are right, Kenya has just staged one of the fairest and most transparent elections in its history, as well as in the recent history of Africa.

However, some of Mr Odinga's supporters in Kibera have opened their shops, saying that while they agree with him that the result was rigged, they can not afford to lose business, our reporter adds. But veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga, 72, insists those results are fake and that he won last week's presidential election.

The 72-year-old insists he is the rightful victor of a "stolen" election which took place on August 8 and handed victory to incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The incident came in the aftermath of last week's disputed election in Kenya. Odinga's claim that a hacker somehow changed the result electronically can be authoritatively checked.

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Kenyan police have killed at least 11 people in a crackdown on protests as anger at the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta erupted in the western city of Kisumu and slums surrounding the capital, officials and witnesses said on Saturday. "We shall hold vigils, moments of silence, beat drums, and do everything else to peacefully draw attention to the gross electoral injustices being meted on our country, and demand redress", said Odinga.

Odinga has said he will announce his "next step" on Tuesday as the government urges people to resume their routines, almost a week after the election in the East African commercial hub of 45 million people.

"We thank them for the good work that they are doing but we continue to encourage them to use restraint as they exercise their duties", he told reporters.

The declaration of Kenyatta's as the victor was followed by protests in some parts of Nairobi and western regions that are opposition leader's strongholds.

He also urged Kenya's political leaders "to take the responsible path and exercise their leadership to avoid violence". Officials had said that the open governance organization and the Kenyan National Human Rights Commission were being suspended for not formally registering with the government.

"They started moving and said, 'let's go, '" he said in an interview at the hospital on Sunday.

But as Odinga seeks legal action, one thing is even clearer - the age-long rivalry between the two families is probably reaching its climax.


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