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Kenya protest: Violence follows re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta

17 August 2017

Odinga was able to secure 44 percent votes in the elections. "And why did the IEBC refuse to address the set of questions about vote tallying that NASA had submitted?" "This is just the beginning, we will not accept and move on".

Speaking at the weekend, Odinga promised to announce his next move on Tuesday. After two elections in 2007 and 2013 in which the outcome was rejected by the opposition, and against a background of vote manipulation that stretches back to the years of one-party rule, has Kenya finally, in Chebukati's words, joined the "family of mature democracies that are able to conduct and deliver credible and fair elections"?

That rift predates the country's independence in 1963, and some worry that Odinga's refusal to concede will further complicate reconciliation efforts. "We see these documents flying in the media and never directed to us", said Kegoro.

After Kenyatta was declared the victor on Friday (Aug. 11), protests engulfed opposition strongholds in Nairobi and Kisumu in western Kenya. Those charges were later dropped for lack of evidence.

The re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta triggered violence across Kenya following the disputed election process.

However, Kenyans on Twitter have been using the hashtag #TurudiKaziniChallenge (Swahili for "Let's return to work" ) to urge a return to normalcy following last week's disruptions.

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After a tense night across the nation, Odinga came out on Sunday (Aug. 13) to address his supporters, urging them to mourn the dead and not go to work on Monday.

Odinga condemned the government for raiding offices of rights groups which had expressed concern over how the country conducted the elections.

The National Non-governmental Organizations Board this week said it de-registered the Kenya Human Rights Commission and called for the arrest of the directors of the Africa Centre for Open Governance.

The acting secretary for the interior, Fred Matiangi, has ordered a 90-day suspension of legal action against the rights groups. Traffic jams had returned to the city center. Packed minibuses streaked through the slum's main arteries. "There is nothing much we can do".

He questioned why IEBC announced President Kenyatta the victor although the commission continued to acknowledge that only about 29,000 of the 41,000 verified Forms 34As had been tallied. He also denied accusations of police brutality.

Kisumu is a stronghold of opposition leader Raila Odinga, who is contesting results from last Tuesday's presidential election.

Kenya protest: Violence follows re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta