UHURU IT IS! President Kenyatta floors Odinga to win second term

Laura Christensen
August 12, 2017

Kenya's opposition presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, on Tuesday rejected the tally from this week's presidential election, claiming that hackers had manipulated data in the election commission's computer system.

The clashes broke out shortly after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the victor of the disputed election with 54.27 percent of votes, beating Odinga who scored 44.74 percent, according to the election commission.

Just before the announcement, a senior official from the opposition said it "wouldn't be a party" to a process he characterized as a "charade" because its concerns had not been addressed by the electoral commission.

The opposition has continually made allegations of corrupted ballots since Monday's vote, but several global monitors from a group that included former USA secretary of state John Kerry, former South Africa president Thabo Mbeki and officials from the European Union, said they could find no credible evidence to support the contentions.

A resident of Nairobi's Kawangware slum said police fired tear gas at dozens of Odinga supporters throwing stones on Thursday.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati said despite the few challenges the election process was generally successful. Around 1,200 people were killed in a campaign of ethnic violence that followed.

In its first assessment of Tuesday's poll, the European Union's election observer mission said it had seen no signs of "centralised or localised manipulation" of the voting process. Kenya's future is more important than any election.

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"We are exhausted of being ruled by Kikuyus", said Wycliffe Onyalo, 25, referring to Kenyatta's tribe, which has dominated politics since Kenya's independence from Britain in 1963.

The U.S. State Department has urged Kenyans to refrain from violence and patiently await the election commission's announcement of the final results.

Kenyatta, son of the country's founding father who in 2013 became Kenya's youngest president, was seeking a second and final five-year term. "At the end of the day we shall do an audit and those questions will be answered", he said.

Another top opposition official, James Orengo, said the coalition would not be taking its issues to court, raising the spectre of street protests.

Another lovely addition was that about five million young Kenyans voted for the first time, and added a new dimension to politics in the country. As Eyder noted, this election marks something of a culmination for Kenyatta and Odinga, whose rivalry dates back to the 1960s, when their fathers - who once served as president and vice president themselves - had a bitter falling out.

Violence broke out this week in some opposition strongholds in parts of the capital, Nairobi, and elsewhere. Without having all these forms to present to the public, the IEBC has had to admit that the results it has been announcing since Wednesay are unofficial.

Polling stations opened at 6am and closed at 5pm but many were in the queues as early as 2am. Most of the country has remained calm.

Other reports by My Hot News

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