KENYA: Odinga goes to court to contest defeat to Kenyatta


Tensions remain in Kenya after Odinga rejected the official results of the election.

Also Wednesday, a top Kenyan electoral official was temporarily stopped from travelling to the United States, officials said.

Uhuru Kenyatta, who is the sitting President and declared victor of the election by the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC), is the son of Kenya's first President and Founding Father, Jomo Kenyatta, while Raila Odinga's father, Jaramogi Odinga served as his vice, but later became an opposition leader following an era of irreconcilable differences between the two.

"No one should believe - and especially not those behind this election fraud - that Kenyans are sheep who will willingly go along with the democracy's slaughter", he told reporters. The election commission has said there was a hacking attempt but it failed.

Odinga said the alliance will seek to persuade the world that indeed the servers of the electoral agency were hacked resulting to manipulation of election results as the Opposition has all along claimed. Americans should congratulate Kenyans on the occasion of the conduct of these apparently successful, peaceful elections. Both groups monitored the August 8 vote in which President Uhuru Kenyatta won a second term amid opposition claims of vote-rigging.

Seven judges have been tasked with handling, and coming up with a solution on the dispute over presidential results after the National super Alliance (NASA) made a decision to file a petition challenging the results at the Supreme Court.

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The EU statement also urges any candidate with a grievance to "provide clear evidence" and use legal channels.

The legal option indicates that NASA had taken the path pointed to by the electoral laws and by most observer missions that were in Kenya for the elections.

Interior Minister Fred Matiangi suspended action against the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) for 90 days pending an exhaustive review of their status. Both groups monitored the elections in which President Uhuru Kenyatta won a second term.

Civil society activists say Kenya Revenue Authority officials and police have raided the offices of a group that found anomalies in the recent elections in which President Uhuru Kenyatta was re-elected.

In the meantime, eyebrows were raised when the federal authorities moved Wednesday to suspend two non-governmental organizations that had been critical of the elections process and its aftermath.

At least 24 people have died in protests opposing President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election although global observers saying the official results, which show Kenyatta trounced veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga with more than 1 million votes, are credible.