TENSIONS SIMMER IN KENYA | KENYA remains uneasy after its apparently fair elections after the defeated presidential candidate claimed the election had been “stolen” from him.
The country voted on 8 August in its general elections. Uhuru Kenyatta was returned to power with 54,27% of the vote.
But rival Raila Odinga (72), who got 44,74% of the vote, is crying foul, claiming the electronic voting system had been hacked and manipulated, reports The Daily Nation.
More than 15 million Kenyans voted.
According to AFP, violence in the west of Kenya and in the slums of Nairobi has left 16 people dead. This includes a 10-year-old girl who was hit by a stray bullet.
Cops denied killing innocent protestors, claiming that they only shot at criminals involved in looting or rape.
Odinga is yet to announce whether he will be legally challenging the outcome or not. He has until Friday to lodge a complaint in court.
This is the fourth election that Odinga has contested and lost. He made similar claims of being robbed after losing in both 2007 and 2013. Terrible violence followed the 2007 election, resulting in 1 200 being killed and 600 000 displaced.