Kenyatta re-elected as president of Kenya


The unrest that bookended Kenya's hard-fought election on Friday could degenerate into a political crisis comparable to the one faced after the 2007 vote dispute. "Leaders above all need to make that clear", Godec said.

While veteran opposition leader Odinga, 72, also claimed polls in 2013 were stolen from him, he took his grievances to the courts and ended up accepting his loss.

The envoys in a joint statement issued in Nairobi said they have been moved and inspired by the commitment millions of Kenyans have shown to having their voices heard through the ballot box.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday was officially declared the victor of a heated election, which an opposition coalition claims to have won.

Police said rioting, including gunshots and vandalism, broke out in the Nairobi slum of Kibera and in the southwestern city of Kisumu after the results were announced.

He said the opposition's own informal vote tally gave him 8.1 million votes compared with 7.2 million for Kenyatta. "And then if they have a concern, go through the rule of law, go to the court process and let the evidence be there for everybody to see".

Orengo spoke Friday evening ahead of an expected announcement by the election commission, which has disputed opposition allegations of vote-rigging. The disputed election led to violent protests and targeted ethnic violence, killing about 1,100 people and displacing 600,000.

Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati has said a hacking attempt was made but it failed. "What I was expecting was a credible election, a peaceful result". Information technology experts for the opposition claimed Wednesday that Msando's user ID and password had been used to hack into the IEBC computer system and to gain access to Chebukati's account starting at about 12.37 a.m.

President Farmajo noted that he was confident that the re-election of President Kenyatta would foster further cooperation on bilateral and diplomatic relations between Somalia and Kenya.

"We have seen disputed elections in places like the U.S., but so long as the process is, by and large, they have been carried out in a transparent and credible way, politicians should accept the result in a statesmanlike manner".

A riot policeman walks past burning barricades erected by protesters throwing rocks, during clashes in the Kawangware slum of Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.

A senior opposition figure, Musalia Mudavadi, said his coalition had raised "very serious concerns" with the commission on Friday and had requested that the announcement be delayed.

He called upon Kenyans to remain peaceful stating, "We have seen the result of post-election violence and I am certain no Kenyan would want us to go back to that".

Worldwide observers have described the election as free and fair. "We will continue with the work and will be even more dedicated", he said.

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -Britain and the United States have appealed to Kenyans to remain patient as the electoral body verified the results and investigated reports of fraud.

Odinga's complaints of election irregularities have stoked fears of aggrieved supporters taking to the streets in a scenario reminiscent of 2007's post-election violence.

"To my worthy competitor Raila Odinga, I reach out to you, I reach out to your supporters, let us work together", Mr. Kenyatta, 55, said, shortly after being declared victor. This contrasts with provisional electronic results giving Kenyatta a clear lead in Tuesday's poll.