Thursday 17 August 2017
(The New York Times 08/12/17)
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday was officially declared the winner of a bitterly disputed election in Kenya, but his opponent, Raila Odinga, refused to concede defeat, criticizing the vote as a charade and edging the country closer to violence. Mr. Kenyatta, 55, was re-elected with just over 54 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election, easily surpassing the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff, according to an announcement from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. Mr. Odinga, 72, the opposition leader, received 44.7 percent of the vote. After a campaign marred by accusations of vote-rigging, fears of violence and the killing of a top election official, the vote was carried out peacefully and, according to international observers, fairly...
(AFP (eng) 08/12/17)
Raila Odinga has been Kenya's prime minister and longtime opposition leader, but with results in from Tuesday's general election, it seems he has once again failed to get the one job he's always wanted: the presidency. This may very well be the end of the line for the 72-year-old, a mainstay of Kenyan politics since the 1980s, who many think will not run for office again. However his legacy is at stake, with all eyes on how he will react after claiming Tuesday's vote was massively rigged, which prompted violent protests in his strongholds. He has urged calm among his supporters while ominously repeating: "I don't control the people." Odinga's doggedness is matched among Kenya's political class only by that...
(AFP (eng) 08/12/17)
At least two people were shot dead in Kenya during overnight protests against the election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta by opposition supporters who believe the vote was rigged, according to police and a health official. "We have one person killed and four others admitted in hospital with gunshot injuries," said Dr Ojwang Lusi, the regional health chief in western Kisumu county. In the southwestern town of Siaya, a police officer speaking on condition of anonymity said a man had been shot dead in protests, but "we have not managed to collect the body... because of resistance from protesters." Angry protests flared in opposition strongholds in Nairobi as well as in Kisumu after the election commission declared Kenyatta the victor...
(The Guardian 08/12/17)
At least two shot dead during overnight protests by opposition supporters who claim presidential vote was rigged. At least two people have been shot dead in Kenya during protests by opposition supporters against the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, officials said. “We have one person killed and four others admitted in hospital with gunshot injuries,” said Dr Ojwang Lusi, the regional health chief in western Kisumu county. In the south-western town of Siaya, a police officer said a man had been shot dead in protests, but “we have not managed to collect the body … because of resistance from protesters”. A girl also died after being hit by a stray bullet while standing on a balcony as police were firing...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/12/17)
Kenya's main domestic poll monitoring organization, ELOG, said on Saturday it had found no evidence to suggest this week's election was manipulated or inaccurate, as the opposition have attested. ELOG's parallel vote tally projected a victory for President Uhuru Kenyatta with 54 percent of ballots cast, compared to an official count of 54.3 percent. This was well within ELOG's 1.9 percent margin of error, the group said.
(Bloomberg 08/12/17)
After a night of protests against a disputed election, an uneasy calm prevailed across most of the Kenyan capital on Saturday, as residents stayed home, shops and markets remained shut and the police and paramilitary forces maintained a heavy presence. President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner late Friday of an Aug. 8 vote the electoral commission said was free and fair. The main opposition National Super Alliance said the commission’s computer system was hacked to rig the results and warned that its supporters would rise up in response. Protesters spilled onto the streets of several of Nairobi’s slums, including the southwestern areas of Kibera and Kawangware, soon after the outcome was announced, setting dwellings alight and looting shops, as...
(Bloomberg 08/11/17)
Kenya’s immediate fate rests on whether opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga presses his claim that initial tallies from this week’s election were rigged and calls on his supporters to protest the announcement of final results expected later on Friday. The Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission will declare the outcome of the vote at 2 p.m. in the capital, Nairobi, spokesman Andrew Limo said in a mobile-phone text message. The authority’s chairman slammed the opposition’s figures showing Odinga won the race as “plainly falsified,” with preliminary data on its website showing incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta has a commanding lead. “It’s clear what the reaction from former Prime Minister Raila Odinga will be if President Kenyatta is announced the winner,” said Ahmed...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/11/17)
Kenyan police took security precautions on Friday ahead of an expected announcement that President Uhuru Kenyatta has won re-election despite allegations of vote rigging by opposition leader Raila Odinga. Police stationed extra forces at the airport in the western city of Kisumu in a bid to forestall any protests. The city is in a province that is Odinga's stronghold. "We are securing the airport so people can get in and out," Kisumu County police commissioner Joseph Keitany told Reuters. "We are only putting vehicles in certain areas we deem to be hotspots." The election commission may announce a winner from Tuesday's vote on Friday afternoon. Provisional results have shown the 55-year-old Kenyatta, vying for a second and final five-year term,...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/11/17)
Kenya's opposition coalition on Friday called on the election commission to give it access to its computer servers and said it would accept the results on Tuesday's vote based on the figures recorded there. Provisional results show President Uhuru Kenyatta with a lead of 1.4 million votes as he vies for a second and final five-year term. Election officials say a final result is expected to be announced late on Friday afternoon. Opposition candidate Raila Odinga, whose rejection of the 2007 presidential election result triggered widespread bloodshed, has challenged the results released so far. The opposition statement appeared to offer a possible way out of the impasse. "If they can open those servers, and we all look at it, we...
(Xinhuanet 08/11/17)
Britain and the United States have appealed to Kenyans to remain patient as the electoral body verified the results and investigated reports of fraud. In separate statements, Washington and London said any disputes should be addressed through the established resolution mechanisms, in line with Kenya's Constitution. "We urge all parties and their supporters to peacefully and patiently await the IEBC's (Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission) announcement of official results. The IEBC should be given an opportunity to complete its tallying," said Heather Nauert, U.S. State Department's spokesperson in a statement issued on Thursday night. Nauert lauded the millions of Kenyans who on Tuesday peacefully exercised their fundamental democratic right to choose their leaders. The statement comes as the results of...
(Graphic Online 08/11/17)
Former President John Mahama has used his electoral defeat to urge Kenyans to keep the peace amidst fears of post-election violence. Mr. Mahama was briefing the Kenyan media as Head of the Commonwealth Observer Mission that monitored Tuesday’s general elections in the East African country. “It is not easy to lose an election [because] it can be very disappointing,” he told the journalists while presenting interim statement on behalf of the Commonwealth Observer Group to Kenya. Early results put the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta of the Jubilee Party ahead of his arch rival Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance. Kenya's western city of Kisumu, saw some protests on Wednesday after the opposition said the electronic voting system has been hacked...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
Kenya's electoral commission said Thursday it only expects all presidential results to arrive at the national tallying centre by midday Friday for validation, and called for "restraint" from political parties. Tensions are high after opposition candidate Raila Odinga rejected partial results and alleged there had been a massive hacking attack on the electronic vote tallying system. Electoral commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati said: "Hacking was attempted but did not succeed, that is our position." Odinga's claims, as he fell behind incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta in provisional results, sparked angry protests Wednesday in which two protesters were shot dead by police.
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
Kenya's opposition coalition the National Super Alliance (NASA) on Thursday demanded its candidate Raila Odinga be declared president, claiming it had evidence he had won this week's election. Coalition leader Musalia Mudavadi told journalists that "confidential sources" within the IEBC had revealed the "actual results", showing Odinga had won the presidential poll with 8.04 million votes against incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta with 7.75 million. The IEBC public website, which is publishing results as they stream in electronically from polling stations, shows Kenyatta with 8.1 million votes ahead of Odinga
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
Kenya nervously awaited Thursday the final results of its presidential election, with the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta holding a strong lead after a vote tainted by opposition claims of rigging and the death of four people. International observer missions called for calm and restraint as the results were being finalised a day after isolated protests broke out following opposition leader Raila Odinga's rejection of the early tally. "Elections should never be a matter of life of death," said Marietje Schaake, head of the European Union observer mission. Kenyatta, 55, who is seeking a second term in office, appeared to have an unassailable lead with 54 percent to Odinga's 44.8 percent, according to a provisional count of Tuesday's ballot, released by the...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
A jittery Kenya awaits final poll results Thursday, with President Uhuru Kenyatta holding a strong lead after a vote marred by opposition claims of rigging and the death of four people in election-related violence. The east African nation, keenly aware of post-poll violence a decade ago that left 1,100 dead, was on a knife-edge after a day of isolated protests in opposition strongholds. The unrest broke out after opposition leader Raila Odinga claimed massive fraud as Kenyatta surged ahead in provisional results, with 54 percent compared to his 44.7 percent. Results from over 96 percent of polling stations were in. Two protesters were shot dead in the flashpoint slum of Mathare in Nairobi, where police also fired tear gas at...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
Kenya's electoral commission (IEBC) on Wednesday denied allegations from the country's opposition coalition that hackers had breached the voting system and rigged it in favour of the ruling party. "There was no external or internal interference to the system at any point before, during or after voting," IEBC chief executive Ezra Chiloba said.
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
As he stood on a highway overpass watching riot police play a cat-and-mouse game with stick-wielding protesters in the streets of the Kenyan city Kisumu, Dickson Otieno thought to himself "not again". Ten years ago, the city was wracked with violence after a disputed presidential vote, and there were fears it might happen again on Wednesday, not 24 hours after Kenyans voted in a general election. "They should not do that," Otieno said of the rioters in the streets below him as they burned tyres and chanted slogans. Despite a massive security deployment and calls for peace by Kenya's main politicians, unrest has broken out in some parts of Kenya after leading opposition politician Raila Odinga alleged that the electoral...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/10/17)
Kenya's election commission dismissed claims on Wednesday by opposition leader Raila Odinga that its systems and website had been hacked to produce a "fictitious" lead for Odinga's long-time rival President Uhuru Kenyatta. Angry protests erupted in opposition strongholds in the capital Nairobi and the western city of Kisumu as the counting of votes from Tuesday's election continued, but the election commission said the election had been free and fair. Police shot dead at least three people and protesters killed a fourth, witnesses said. Although the violence remained largely contained, Kenyans were nervously hoping to avoid a repetition of the ethnic killings that followed a disputed 2007 presidential poll, when some 1,200 people died. As of 1900 GMT, provisional results from...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the word for "ancestor" in the Turkana language of Kenya, where the lemon-sized skull was unearthed. The sole specimen is that of an infant that would have grown to weigh about 11 kilogrammes (24 pounds) in adulthood. It had a brain...
(AFP (eng) 08/09/17)
Kenyan police shot dead two protesters in the capital's flashpoint Mathare slum on Wednesday, as unrest broke out after opposition accusations that the general election was rigged, a senior officer told AFP. "They were part of a group that was protesting in the area and officers were sent to quell the chaos," the officer said on condition of anonymity. "We are told many of them were also thieves who took advantage and could not even obey the police. Two have been fatally wounded." An AFP photographer saw one of the victims, with a massive...

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