Wednesday, 23 October, 2019

Kenya: Raila Backers Ask Him to Foster Peace As He Weighs Options

National Super Alliance opposition coalition supporters demonstrate in the streets of the Kondele Estate in Kisumu along Lake Victoria demanding their candidate to be named the winner in the general elections Kenya: Raila Backers Ask Him to Foster Peace As He Weighs Options
Christy Curtis | 17 August, 2017, 02:28

Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Wednesday he would go to court over last week's presidential election results, ignoring calls by some election observers that he concede defeat to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Odinga, who had previously ruled out a court appeal, said he was only going to the judges after civil society groups - among them the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and the Africa Centre for Governance (AfriCOG) - were threatened with closure by the government. Its leader was among the few election observers to announce anomalies in the presidential vote.

Mr Odinga's decision to challenges the results in court came after days of sustained local and global pressure on him to ask his supporters to leave the streets and contest Mr Kenyatta's win through legally allowed avenues.

Mr Kenyatta also garnered more than 25 per cent of the votes cast in 35 counties, compared to Mr Odinga who got over 25 per cent in 29 counties, Mr Chebukati said. Odinga, 72, secured 44.74 percent.

Both groups monitored the August 8 vote in which President Uhuru Kenyatta won a second term amid opposition claims of vote-rigging.

The Kenya Human Rights Commission said Saturday that 24 people had lost their lives since the day following the election as a result of police using live bullets.

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The opposition has until the end of Friday to file a petition challenging the vote results.

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. "We are seeking to give to those who braved the long lines in the morning chill and hot afternoon. a chance to be heard", he said.

Reaction to his decision was mixed, but in the Kibera slum, Nairobi's largest, many expressed relief that they could get back to work. "We see these documents flying in the media and never directed to us", said Kegoro.

Instead, Odinga has been leveling charges of fraud without offering any evidence to support them and encouraging his supporters to take to the streets.

A statement from the office of the White House press secretary said Tuesday the USA government is troubled by reports that demonstrations opposing Kenyatta's win have turned violent and urged Kenyans to resolve disputes lawfully.

The EU also criticised a government crackdown against a rights group and a pro-democracy organisation that had publicly questioned preparations by the electoral board.

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