United States urges Kenyans to shun post-election violence

Posted August 17, 2017

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga (C) addresses thousands of his supporters after visiting the family of a young girl killed by a stray bullet during protest between opposition supporters and riot police in Mathare North, in Nairobi, Kenya.

The worldwide community and many within Kenya have urged Odinga to use legal means to express his grievances. Odinga, 72, secured 44.7 per cent in last week's poll. Areas loyal to opposition leader Raila Odingr are witnessing unrest.

Odinga has rejected the results, asserting that the voting system was hacked. "We see these documents flying in the media and never directed to us", said Kegoro. But as the results started trickling in on the evening of the vote, Raila and his NASA coalition held a press conference at 2 am in the morning calling the results "fake" and "fictitious".

His challenge after losing the 2013 election was unsuccessful.

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In declaring the results, Wanyonyi Wafula Chebukati, the chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the body responsible for running the polls, emphasized the success of the elections, which he hailed as "free, fair, and credible".

"But with the raid on civil society and determination to silence all voices that could seek legal redress like AfriCOG and the Kenya Human Rights Commission, we have now chose to move to the Supreme Court and lay before the world the making of a computer-generated leadership", Raila said yesterday.

The EU statement also urges any candidate with a grievance to "provide clear evidence" and use legal channels. Raila Odinga's brother, Oburu Odinga has also once served as assistant Minister of Finance in the East African country, while current President, Uhuru Kenyatta has also previously served as a deputy prime minister.

The Kenyan shilling firmed on Monday to touch an intra-day high of 103.65 per dollar, from 104 before the election, while Kenyan dollar bonds have also rallied after the election.

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But on Wednesday, shortly before Odinga's announcement, the government back-pedalled and suspended the deregistration process of the Kenya Human Rights Commission and the Africa Centre for Open Governance.

Kiai said the group is not registered as non-governmental organization but as a company that falls under a different oversight authority.

Kiai said the government is acting "like people who have stolen", elections.

The incident came in the aftermath of last week's disputed election in Kenya.

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