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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IT’S OFFICIAL – KENYATTA RE-ELECTED AS KENYA’S PRESIDENT

Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto celebrate their election victory

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice-President William Ruto have been re-elected for a second term in office following Kenya’s election held on 8 August.

Making the formal announcement at the Bomas of Kenya tallying centre last night, the Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Mr Wafula Chebukati declared the official result.

Uhuru Kenyatta garnered 8,203,290 votes (54.3%) against his main rival Raila Odinga with 6,762,224 votes (44.7%).

Kenyatta also won over 25% of the vote in 35 counties compared to Odinga’s 25% or more in 29 counties.

15,073,662 votes were recorded nationwide, a turnout of 78.91%.

International observers have declared the election to be “free, fair and credible” but Kenya’s main opposition grouping, NASA, led by Raila Odinga, have rejected the result terming the electoral process a “charade”. Nasa have made claims of electoral fraud and even the hacking of the voter counting process.

Reportedly, however, a leading Nasa official James Orengo has stated that the coalition will not be taking its objections to the courts as catered for under Kenya’s constitution but he said, “No one should think this is the end of the matter”.

There have been reports overnight of violence in opposition strongholds in Nairobi and Kisumu with the police responding with teargas and even live rounds.

The official announcement of the defeat of Raila Odinga is the fourth time he has lost a national election for president. At the age of 72 this could be the last election in which he is the flag-bearer for a major political grouping.

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KENYA’S ELECTION ‘FREE AND FAIR’ – INTERNATIONAL MONITORS

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry

Despite what former US Secretary of State John Kerry referred to as “little aberrations here and there”, international observers in Kenya to oversee the election process have so far given their collective nods of approval to the way the voting and counting was conducted by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Over 400 observers from several international groups including the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU), the United States, and the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) have been in Kenya observing the elections.

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki who heads the AU’s ‘Observer Group’ said the election was in accordance with laws governing the IEBC.

Makumbi Kamya who leads the ICGLR monitors declared himself “satisfied with the conduct of the elections” as being free and fair.

Marietje Schaake, head of the EU’s mission, said they had witnessed “no signs of centralized or local manipulation” of the voting procedures.

John Kerry, who leads the Carter Centre team of monitors said, “we believe that the election’s commission in Kenya has put together a process that will allow each and every vote’s integrity to be proven”.

The IEBC are expected to formally announce the result of the election today.

Official figures give Uhuru Kenyatta a lead of some 1.4 million votes over his main rival Raila Odinga.

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KENYA 2017 RESULTS: LATEST PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION RESULTS FROM IEBC



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IEBC: LATEST UPDATE ON PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION RESULTS

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    President Kenyatta declared winner.

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