Kenya Cast Into Turmoil as Opposition Rejects Kenyatta Win

Kenya Cast Into Turmoil as Opposition Rejects Kenyatta Win

Kenya Cast Into Turmoil as Opposition Rejects Kenyatta Win

Acting Cabinet Secretary for Interior Fred Matiangi has urged Kenyans to resume work and await the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission to complete collating results after Tuesday's polls saying that the country is safe.He asked Kenyans to avoid rumors and speculation amid reports of some violence in the Opposition stronghold of Kisumu.

Preliminary results show the incumbent, President Uhuru Kenyatta, leading by nine percentage points with almost all the votes counted.

The opposition said documentation from nearly 11,000 polling stations remains outstanding and no results were announced at the constituency offices as required, an anomaly the electoral commission has failed to explain.

At this crucial moment, he and his National Super Alliance (NASA) must also step up to this call for transparency: if they can not swiftly substantiate their allegations that the election was hacked and "most" of the official results already published by the IEBC are false, they should concede defeat and thereby contribute to strengthening Kenya's democracy.

Following Mr. Odinga's claims, there were minor skirmishes in a Nairobi suburb and in Mombasa but residents in those areas said that criminals wanted to use the opportunity to loot while others wanted to settle scores.

Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati has said a hacking attempt was made but it failed. Many Kenyans fear a repeat of violence that followed the 2007 election. "I therefore wish to declare Uhuru President-elect", said Mr Chebukati.

Odinga and his coalition alleged that hackers had manipulated the voting system after Tuesday's polls. Kenya's future is more important than any election.

As a longstanding friend of Kenya, the United States applauds the millions of Kenyans who on August 8 peacefully exercised their fundamental democratic right to choose their leaders.

Representatives of the opposition coalition then exited the main electoral centre in the capital, Nairobi.

"Nobody should think that this is the end of the matter", he said.

Another lovely addition was that about five million young Kenyans voted for the first time, and added a new dimension to politics in the country.

They ruled out the possibility of seeking legal redress after the commission insisted on announcing the victor before addressing their concerns.

"This has been an entire charade", Senator James Orengo of Odinga's five-party National Super Alliance told reporters in Nairobi before the results announcement.

However as the IEBC prepared to announce the result, top NASA leader Musalia Mudavadi said: "We are not going to be party to it, out issues have not been addressed".

Already, though, tensions have boiled over into violence in some of the slums of Nairobi. Most of the country has remained calm. He has not indicated how he will mount any challenge to the results in this election. One person was killed by a machete-wielding gang that attacked a tally center in coastal Tana River county, and police shot dead two of the assailants.

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