Kenyan opposition leader to challenge election result in court

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga has said he will mount a legal challenge to the result of last week's election, in which he was defeated by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mr Odinga has said he will announce his next step today, almost a week after the election. Raila Odinga's brother, Oburu Odinga has also once served as assistant Minister of Finance in the East African country, while current President, Uhuru Kenyatta has also previously served as a deputy prime minister.

The city is an opposition stronghold and has seen protests since the August 8 election. Kenya police claim that 10 people have been killed and said almost all were committing crimes.

"Wait for the next course of action which I will announce the day after tomorrow [Tuesday]", he said. Those charges were later dropped for lack of evidence. Several reports confirm that Raila Odinga disagrees with the outcome of the election which puts his arch rival Uhuru Kenyatta ahead.

Mr Odinga's decision to challenges the results in court came after days of sustained local and global pressure on him to ask his supporters to leave the streets and contest Mr Kenyatta's win through legally allowed avenues.

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Meanwhile, Kenyan tax authorities attempted to raid the office of the Africa Centre for Open Governance, a nongovernment group that had been critical of election preparations. But within hours, the Interior Ministry reversed that suspension.

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights said on Sunday it had counted 24 deaths and accused police of using "excessive force".

He also urged Kenya's political leaders "to take the responsible path and exercise their leadership to avoid violence". Packed minibuses streaked through the slum's main arteries.

Life is returning to normal and residents of the capital are "safe and secure", said Nairobi police chief Japheth Koome.

"Yesterday (Tuesday) Chiloba admitted that all forms 34B were not in and, therefore, results were null and void", he said, referring to IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba. "You are vulnerable from police brutality and hooligans".

"But with the raid on civil society and determination to silence all voices that could seek legal redress like AfriCOG and the Kenya Human Rights Commission, we have now made a decision to move to the Supreme Court and lay before the world the making of a computer-generated leadership", Raila said yesterday. After several months, Odinga lost his case.

  • Toni Ryan