Kenyan President Urges Peace As Capital Returns to Normal Post-Election

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga says he'll challenge last week's presidential election result in court

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga says he'll challenge last week's presidential election result in court

As reported by TUKO.co.ke earlier, NASA led by Raila Odinga gave in to pressure from the global community and vowed to move to court to contest Uhuru Kenyatta's victory in the just concluded Presidential election.

Odinga, who had previously refused a court appeal against the outcome, said the opposition had collected concrete evidence of massive irregularities that were allegedly used to rig the vote.

The Kenyan election commission insists that its voting and counting process was not rigged and worldwide observers have praised the conduct of the election.

Outrage from Odinga's supporters followed his claims of election rigging in favour of Kenyatta.

The election board said on Friday that Kenyatta had beaten Odinga by 1.4m votes to win a second five-year term.

The National Super Alliance (NASA) has made a U-turn saying it will now move to the Supreme Court to seek redress over the 2017 presidential election results. They later claimed that the voting system was hacked in the president's favor, and called it an "attack on our democracy".

"For the third time in a decade, the candidate who lost the election has been declared the president", Odinga said.

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The opposition has said 100 Kenyans had been killed in clashes between Odinga's supporters and the police. "This is just the beginning...we will not accept and move on".

The Carter Centre, a US election observer mission in Kenya led by former US Secretary of State John Kerry, in its preliminary findings, noted the electronic transmission of results had been unreliable.

After Kenyatta was declared the victor on Friday (Aug. 11), protests engulfed opposition strongholds in Nairobi and Kisumu in western Kenya.

He also urged Kenya's political leaders "to take the responsible path and exercise their leadership to avoid violence". "As a government we will not allow loss of life, destruction of property and looting", he said.

The Kenya Human Rights Commission said on Saturday that 24 deaths had been reported nationwide since Tuesday's polls, although the government put the death toll at 10. The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights says at least 24 people have been shot dead by police since the August 8 vote.

"Yesterday (Tuesday) Chiloba admitted that all forms 34B were not in and, therefore, results were null and void", he said, referring to IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba.