RAILA: WE SHALL CHALLENGE THE PRESIDENTIAL RESULTS AT SUPREME COURT

The NASA coalition have decided to move to the Supreme Court to challenge the presidential elections. Speaking at the Okoa Kenya offices in Lavington, Raila Odinga maintained that the results are null and void and that it was all computer generated.

In his statement titled “Kenyans say no to computer generated leaders”, he further said that IEBC might have announced Uhuru Kenyatta president-elect, but a vast majority of Kenyans wants questions answered.

The Opposition chief said the decision was taken after wider consultations and wider oppression on civil societies

IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati declared incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta the winner after he garnered 8,203,290 votes against Raila’s 6,762,224.

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KENYA BID TO HOST WORLD ATHLETIC CHAMPIONSHIPS

Kenya is to bid to host the 2023 World Athletic Championships, sports minister Hassan Wario announced yesterday. No other African nation has ever staged the the premier athletics event. Wario was speaking at a reception for Team Kenya who came second at the World Championships held in London.

Only a month ago Kenya successfully hosted the World Under-18 Championships at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

Hassan Wario said: “We are more than capable of hosting a world event and we are looking to bid for the 2023 World Championships.

“We have shown that we are capable to host smaller events, and it has now reached a time when we should host big competitions”.

“Kenya became the first African nation to win the world championships in Beijing in 2015, it is only fitting that we should be the first country to bring the championships to Africa”.

AFRICAN NATION BID GETS SUPPORT

The president of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA), Hamad Kalkaba Malboum, recently called for an African nation to be awarDed the World Championships by 2025.

Sebastian Coe, the president of the IAAF, has also stated that he would support a bid by an African country to host the World Championships.

“We had a meeting with him”, Wario said, “and he said the IAAF were impressed with the outcome of the World Under-18 event”.

If Kenya is successful in a bid to hold the World Championships, Wario said it will build three new stadiums in Nairobi, Mombasa and Eldoret, and seven other new stadiums in other parts of Kenya.

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RAILA ODINGA’S STATEMENT POSTPONED

Musalia Mudavadi – tight lipped

NASA leader Raila Odinga’s much heralded public statement due today, in which he was to tell his supporters the next stage of his plans to challenge the result of Kenya’s recent presidential election in which Mr Odinga officially was defeated by Uhuru Kenyatta by a margin of over 1.4 million votes, has been postponed until tomorrow (Wednesday, 16 August).

The reason given for the delay by Odinga’s ‘Chief Agent’, Musalia Mudavadi, was that the negotiations behind the announcement had taken longer than expected.

“Owing to the urgency, complexity and delicate nature of issues Nasa summit is handling” Mudavadi said, “our consultations are on-going and progressing well”.

“We regret that the consultations are taking longer than anticipated and Nasa will therefore not address Kenyans as projected today. Nasa will issue a comprehensive statement to the nation tomorrow”, Mudavadi said.

There was speculation that the Nasa leader was to announce a campaign of mass protests and an independent audit of the presidential election results.

International observers have declared the election process “free and fair” but Odinga insists it was a “massive fraud”. However, his call for a nationwide boycott of work to take place yesterday went largely unheeded.

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ISOLATED RAILA ODINGA – “I WON’T STAND FOR PRESIDENT AGAIN”

NASA leader Raila Odinga – Where does he go from here?

Raila Odinga the defeated National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate in Kenya’s election held on 8 August seems increasingly isolated, even among his political alliance’s principal leaders, as he continues to refuse to accept the election result calling it a “sham” and “fraud”.

Not a few commentators have noticed that Mr Odinga’s NASA principals, Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula have been noticeable by their absence from his side.

Normally Odinga stalwarts have also called, in effect, for him to acknowledge defeat, including Kisumu Governor-elect Anyang’ Nyong’o and the Secretary-General of the Central Organisation of Trade Unions, Francis Atwoli.

STRIKE CALL GOES UNHEADED

Odinga’s call at a speech on Sunday in the sprawling Kibera slum area in Nairobi for his supporters to strike today to mourn those who have died in post-election violence, seems to have largely fallen on deaf ears.

Nairobeans appear to have resumed work today as do the vast majority of the working population in Mombasa and other cities and large towns throughout the country.

Some of the lack of support for Odinga’s strike call may also be due to practical considerations. As one person told the BBC World Service, “I supported NASA but these guys don’t pay my bills”.

WHERE DOES ODINGA GO FROM HERE?

Mr Odinga told the crowd on Sunday that he “will announce the next course of action on Tuesday” (tomorrow) and warned that Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee alliance “cannot get away with a stolen election”. However, it is difficult to see where the beleagured Odinga goes from here.

The margin of Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory was considerable, over 1.4 million votes and nearly 10% of the vote more than Raila Odinga.

The international organisations that monitored Kenya’s election have all declared it to be fundamentally free and fair and only yesterday former United Nations Secretary general Kofi Annan, the man who brokered the 2008 coalition deal following Kenya’s violent election in December 2007, congratulated Kenyatta on his victory and called on Kenyans to “embrace peace”.

A Western diplomat quoted in the Kenya media said that a power-sharing deal was “not an option”. He called on NASA to bring forward evidence of election rigging if they had it but said, “NASA has been changing its position in quite significant ways in the past week… Most of the stuff they are alleging is not accurate”.

Raila Odinga, who officially lost elections for president in 1997, 2007 and 2013, has reportedly stated that, “I’m not going to be a candidate again”. After this latest and heaviest of election defeats it is likely that the decision whether the 72-year-old veteran politician could stand in the next presidential election in 2022 will no longer be his to take.

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KENYA’S POST ELECTION VIOLENCE – RIOTS AND 24 DEAD

At least 24 people have died in post-election violence in Kenya following the official announcement that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Vice-President William Ruto had been re-elected for a second term in office.

Kenyatta was announced the victor by Kenya’s Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Friday evening with 54.% of the national vote against his main rival Raila Odinga’s 44.7%, a majority of over 1.4 million votes.

International observer groups and Kenya’s own monitoring organisation ELOG, have declared the electoral process to be fundamentally free and fair but Mr Odinga has condemned the election as being rigged, a “sham” and a “massive fraud”. The violence and subsequent deaths have all occurred in areas supportive of Mr Odinga.

The regional police have confirmed that two people were shot dead in the city of Kisumu on Lake Victoria, with further deaths in the Nairobi slum areas of Mathare and Kibera, all areas strongly supportive of Raila Odinga in the election.

NINE-YEAR-OLD BOY DIES

The police opened fire after it was alleged youths set up road blocks and burning barricades. One of the deaths was of a nine-year-old boy reportedly killed by a stray police bullet as he stood on a balcony in Mathare.

President Kenyatta has urged people to remain calm and for his opponents to set aside their differences.

“To brothers, our worthy competitors, we are not enemies”, the President said, “Elections come and go, Kenya is here to stay. There is no need for violence”.

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President Kenyatta declared winner.

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