Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Kenya Cast Into Turmoil as Opposition Rejects Kenyatta Win

Kenya Cast Into Turmoil as Opposition Rejects Kenyatta Win

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has been re-elected following Tuesday's vote, the national electoral commission has announced.

At least five people have been reportedly killed in the resulting violence, reminiscent of the 2007 post-presidential election incidents which saw Mr Kenyatta dragged before the International Criminal Court.

Kenyan law states that electronic reporting must be double-checked and verified by physical paper forms signed by polling station officials before Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, or IEBC, can declare a victor.

Worldwide observers including the African Union said the election was free and fair and called on disputes to be resolved through the courts.

Odinga, a polarising figure who is adored by his supporters, also ran and lost in 2013, and took his complaints about the widespread failure of electronic voting equipment to court. "William Ruto as deputy-president elect", the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati said.

The dispute led to a spate of ethnic violence that led to the death of 1,200 people and displaced some 600,000.

After the mysterious murder and torture of a high-ranking elections official late last month, Odinga claimed that - in Eyder's words - "a hacker used that man's credentials to go into the electoral reporting system and changed the result".

We sampled reactions from various people concerning the ongoing situation in Kenya. We as Kenyans need development not violence.

Uhuru, 55, starts his second term as the fourth President of Kenya after a neck and neck race with NASA's presidential candidate, 72-year-old Raila Odinga.

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

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He said that if losers "graciously" accepted election defeat, they would end up being winners.

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.

Opposition candidate, Raila Odinga, whose rejection of the 2007 presidential election result triggered widespread bloodshed, has challenged the results released so far.

Top NASA official James Orengo denounced the counting process as "an entire charade, this is a disaster".

Bystanders watch as Kenyan police trucks arrive following a protest at Nairobi's Mathare slum on August 11.

Kenyatta, son son of Kenya's first president, Jomo Kenyatta, struck a conciliatory tone in a televised address, saying he was reaching out to the opposition to work together.

On Friday morning, in anticipation of the official results being announced, Odinga's supporters staged protest marches in some areas, including burning tires in some of Nairobi's largest slums.

Many Kenyans have left Nairobi in recent days, bracing for violence. One person was killed by a machete-wielding gang that attacked a tally center in coastal Tana River county, and police shot dead two of the assailants. Most of the country has remained calm.

The election is a test of democracy in the East African economic power.

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