Thursday 21 September 2017
(AFP (eng) 08/19/17)
Kenya's opposition filed a petition late Friday at the Supreme Court challenging the conduct and results of last week's election won by President Uhuru Kenyatta, demanding new polls. Court registrar Esther Nyaiyaki received piles of bound papers from lawyers representing the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, 90 minutes before the midnight deadline for challenges to be lodged."The entire process of tallying recording, transmitting, verifying and confirmation of results was so fundamentally flawed that you cannot talk of any meaningful results," NASA said in a statement outlining the alleged irregularities.
(AFP (eng) 08/18/17)
Four people were hacked to death and their houses torched in Kenya's coastal Lamu county, police said Friday. While the region is prone to attacks by the Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab group, coastal police chief Larry Kieng said the attack appeared to be motivated by local grievances. "The number of people killed are four and we have established it is a conflict between herders and farmers," Kieng said. He said the attack happened on Thursday night, and that three suspects had been taken into custody. Lamu county, which borders Somalia, has faced a string of attacks by the Shabaab, mostly roadside bomb attacks targeting security forces. In July nine people were shot and hacked to death in the same region, in what...
(AL Jazeera 08/18/17)
Attack comes after 9 people were decapitated by assailants in the same region in July. Suspected members of Somalia's al-Shabab armed group beheaded at least three men in an attack on a Kenyan village. "They were slaughtered. Their heads were cut off from the rest of their bodies," a police source told Reuters news agency, asking not to be named. Police said four bodies had been found at Maleli village in Kenya's coastal county of Lamu. Area county commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo said he was aware of three deaths. "A group of armed suspects raided and killed three locals. All the three were men," Kitiyo said, adding the suspects set houses ablaze before disappearing into a nearby forest. "We cannot speculate...
(Bloomberg 08/18/17)
Kenya’s top court will decide over the next two weeks whether to nullify the outcome of this month’s presidential elections that the main opposition says were rigged. Most legal experts and political analysts expect President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory to be upheld. Opposition leader Raila Odinga alleges that members of the ruling party hacked the electoral authority’s computers to deliver Kenyatta, 55, a second term. Odinga’s five-party National Super Alliance initially ruled out legal action because it didn’t trust the Supreme Court’s impartiality, but backtracked after international pressure and the deaths of supporters in violent street protests. Odinga, 72, has failed on three previous attempts to win the presidency in Kenya, sub-Saharan Africa’s fifth-biggest economy and a regional hub for companies...
(AFP (eng) 08/17/17)
Observers piled pressure on Kenya's election commission Thursday to finish publishing results forms from every polling station, a day after the opposition said it would challenge the presidential outcome in court. Defeated opposition leader Raila Odinga claims the electronic results were hacked and manipulated to hand victory to incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and plans to take his complaint to the Supreme Court. The failure of the Independent Election and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to publish all 40,883...
(Bloomberg 08/17/17)
Kenya’s opposition leader said he’ll challenge last week’s presidential election result in court, describing the declaration that President Uhuru Kenyatta won the vote as a “computer-generated fraud.” The Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission’s results released on Aug. 11 were unlawful because they weren’t backed by documents that were supposed to be supplied from polling stations, Raila Odinga told reporters Wednesday in the capital, Nairobi. An algorithm was introduced to the IEBC’s systems to ensure Kenyatta maintained his lead during the count, he said. “We have now decided to move to the Supreme Court and lay before the world the making of a computer-generated president,” Odinga said. “This is just the beginning. We will not accept and move on.” Odinga, 72,...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/17/17)
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Wednesday he would challenge last week's presidential election result in court, calming fears that further street protests by his supporters might lead to widespread violence. At least 24 people have been killed since the Aug. 8 vote, many of them shot by police. But while there have been scattered protests in Odinga strongholds, the demonstrations were relatively muted as supporters waited to hear what Odinga had to say. When Odinga, a 72-year-old former political prisoner, called a news conference after days of public silence, crowds clustered around televisions and radios in the slums, falling silent as he began to speak. "We have now decided to move to the Supreme Court," Odinga told a...
(Xinhuanet 08/17/17)
The U.S. observer mission on Thursday called on Kenya's electoral body to finalize posting of presidential election results. The Carter Center said in a statement in Nairobi that the availability of the complete set of forms would enable independent verification of the results used by the commission to declare the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta. "Access to official results data is critical for interested parties so that they can crosscheck and verify results, and exercise their right to petition if necessary," the observers said in a statement issued in Nairobi. The U.S.-based observer group noted that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has posted on its website the constituency-level results (Form 34B), which include a list of the individual...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/17/17)
In the simmering heat of the Kalobeyei refugee settlement in northwest Kenya, Augustine Murenzi brushes soil off a maturing watermelon in his small kitchen garden. “My house is fully furnished from these,” said the Rwandan refugee, explaining how he sells his surplus melons for income, before moving on to a patch of kale. Murenzi is one of many refugees who have embraced small-scale farming on the land behind their shelters in Turkana County’s Kalobeyei camp. The tiny plots measure 5 meters (16.4 ft) wide and 6 meters long, and are cultivated using a method known as sunken beds. This involves digging a hole 45 cm (17.7 inches) deep and filling it with 20 cm of top soil. The remaining soil...
(AFP (eng) 08/16/17)
Opposition leader Raila Odinga said Wednesday he would take his claims that Kenya's presidential election was rigged to the Supreme Court, after previously refusing to do so, and vowed to protest peacefully. "We have now decided to move to the Supreme Court and lay before the world the making of a computer-generated leadership," he told journalists. He also called for peaceful forms of protest, recalling that the rights to demonstrate, strike and carry out acts of civil disobedience were enshrined in the constitution. "We will preach peace... we will uphold our rights to assemble and protest. We shall hold vigils, moments of silence, beat drums and do everything else to peacefully draw attention to the gross electoral injustices ... and...
(Bloomberg 08/16/17)
In a Nairobi slum named Lucky Summer, residents tell of being terrorized by men with dreadlocks wearing official Kenyan paramilitary uniforms who stalk the streets at night carrying machetes, clubs and guns. The troublemakers belong to the Mungiki, a criminal gang that played a key role in ethnic fighting that followed a contested 2007 vote and claimed at least 1,100 lives, according to more than a dozen people interviewed in the hodgepodge of dilapidated apartments and shanties in the northeast of the city. The predominantly ethnic Kikuyu group’s attacks on the opposition stronghold mark an ominous turn of events after last week’s disputed elections. “I was in the house with my family and I heard screams after 11 p.m.,” Idah...
(AFP (eng) 08/16/17)
Kenya's interior minister on Wednesday suspended plans to shut down two rights bodies, a move that had raised alarm and suspicion just days after a hotly disputed election. The country's NGO board, a regulatory body attached to the interior ministry, had earlier this week moved to shut down the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) as well as the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG). Officials from both organisations viewed the move as highly suspicious at a time when they are weighing legal action over last week's presidential election, which opposition leader Raila Odinga claims was rigged in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta. "Every single thing happening at this moment rotates around the elections... it is all about keeping this election...
(Bloomberg 08/16/17)
Kenyan airport authorities stopped an electoral official from traveling to the U.S. before allowing her to continue on her journey, the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission said. Officials at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the capital, Nairobi, “delayed” Roselyn Akombe before apologizing and allowing her to travel, the commission said in a statement on its Twitter account. Akombe, who is visiting the U.S. for an official meeting, will return to Kenya on Sunday, it said. The Citizen, a Nairobi-based broadcaster, reported that Akombe was prevented from boarding her flight after she failed to produce a clearance certificate from the head of the public service. The U.S. Embassy intervened to have Akombe, a dual U.S. citizen, released from police custody and...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/16/17)
The Kenyan government ordered the suspension of moves to shut down two rights groups that raised concerns over last week's election, hours after authorities raided one of the group's offices. Police and tax authorities on Wednesday raided the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG), one of the organizations that has regularly highlighted problems with preparations for the Aug. 8 vote. President Uhuru Kenyatta won the election by a margin of 1.4 million votes, according to official figures. Observers say the process was largely free and fair but opposition leader Raila Odinga has disputed the results as rigged. In Wednesday's letter seen by Reuters, acting Interior Minister Fred Matiang'i instructed Fazul Mohamed, head of the non-government organization coordination board, to suspend...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/16/17)
A six-month-old girl has died in Kenya, her doctor told Reuters on Tuesday, after her parents said she was teargassed and clubbed by police in a security crackdown after last week's disputed election. Samantha Pendo was asleep in her mother's arms when police forced their way into their home and beat her and her parents as they searched for protesters, her parents said. "She remained in coma throughout. She never improved one bit," said Dr. Sam Oula at the Aga Khan Hospital in the western city of Kisumu. The baby and her parents were beaten when police were sweeping their neighborhood for opposition protesters on Saturday, residents told Reuters journalists who investigated the incident. Kisumu is a stronghold of opposition...
(Xinhuanet 08/16/17)
The UN human rights chief has called on Kenyan leaders to act responsibly by calming volatile political climate peacefully amid reports of police brutality that has led to deaths and injuries, including children. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the government should make an immediate announcement that it will cooperate and ensure accountability for reported abuse by security forces. "Kenya is at a critical juncture. The country's political leaders must do their utmost to calm a volatile political climate. If there are claims to make about the conduct of the elections, they should be made through constitutional and legal means," Al Hussein said in a statement issued on Tuesday night. He commended the peaceful...
(Standard Digital 08/16/17)
World leaders continued to congratulate President Uhuru Kenyatta for his re-election. The leaders asked Kenyans to reject violence and those with disputes to petition the courts. US President Donald Trump’s administration described the election an important step forward and acknowledged statements by international observers terming the elections credible. “The United States congratulates the people of Kenya on the successful conclusion of elections, and President Uhuru Kenyatta on his re-election. We commend the dedication of candidates, officials, and the public to upholding a peaceful, fair, and transparent contest, and we welcome the statements by international and domestic observer missions affirming the credibility of the election,” read a statement by the White House Press Secretary. It added: “We are troubled by reports...
(AFP (eng) 08/14/17)
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga is expected to unveil his next move Wednesday to contest a presidential poll he claims was rigged in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta. The 72-year-old cried foul shortly after vote counting began in last Tuesday's election, sparking deadly protests in his strongholds that left at least 17 dead and 177 injured. The unrest quickly gave way to a tense limbo as his supporters wait to hear if their leader will take his grievances to court, as he has been urged to do, or out onto the streets. Initially his decision had been planned Tuesday, however he pushed this back by a day citing the "complexity and delicate nature" of discussions with his allies in the...
(AFP (eng) 08/14/17)
Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga was weighing his next move Monday to contest an election he claims was rigged after defying pressure at home and from abroad to take his complaints to the courts. The 72-year-old insists he was the rightful winner of a "stolen" election last week and has urged his supporters to stay away from work Monday to mourn the deaths of those killed in angry protests against the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta. However, after nearly a week in limbo in which businesses remained shut and workers stayed home...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/14/17)
Kenya's opposition called on people to stay away from work on Monday in protest at last week's declared election result, but response to the call was limited with many businesses re-opening after being closed during the tense election period. Many shops opened up again in the capital, Nairobi, and in the western town of Kisumu for the first time in days, and cars and buses were moving around on streets that had been deserted even before the result was announced of the Aug. 8 presidential election. In Kibera, Nairobi's biggest slum where opposition support is strong, minibuses and taxis were also plying their trade through the rubble-strewn streets, and some food stalls and phone and money outlets opened their doors...

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