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Get the latest details as people protest election results in an opposition stronghold in southwestern Kenya. At least I person has been killed.
'The Judiciary is well-prepared to deal with any electoral disputes that may arise' -HE Mbeki, Head of AU Observer Mission #ElectionsKE pic.twitter.com/3XWCE47sZP— AU Political Affairs (@AUC_DPA) August 9, 2017
'The Judiciary is well-prepared to deal with any electoral disputes that may arise' -HE Mbeki, Head of AU Observer Mission #ElectionsKE pic.twitter.com/3XWCE47sZP
'It seems that @IEBCKenya has discharged it's responsibilities according to law and regulations...' - HE Thabo Mbeki #ElectionsKE pic.twitter.com/s38SNus1Ue— AU Political Affairs (@AUC_DPA) August 9, 2017
'It seems that @IEBCKenya has discharged it's responsibilities according to law and regulations...' - HE Thabo Mbeki #ElectionsKE pic.twitter.com/s38SNus1Ue
election commission says President Uhuru Kenyatta holds a strong lead over
challenger Raila Odinga with all but 4% of polling stations counted.
The commission's data shows
Kenyatta with more than 54% of the vote and Odinga with more than 44%.
Officials are waiting to
announce the winner until they check documents confirming the results from
around the country in an effort to address opposition allegations of vote
It is unclear how
long that process will take. Election officials by law have up to a week from
election day to announce. - AP
According to BBC Live, independent candidate Japheth Kaluyu has bowed out of the race to be elected Kenya's president, telling reporters that "we concede our race to a person who is going to win".
"So far it looks like it is going to be [incumbent] Uhuru Kenyatta", he added.
A police official and a witness say two people have been shot dead in Kenya's capital during protests over provisional election results showing President Uhuru Kenyatta leading opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Nairobi police chief Japheth Koome says the two were shot as they took advantage of the protests to steal.
An Associated Press photographer says one was shot in the head.Protests broke out after Odinga alleged that election results from Tuesday's vote had been hacked into and manipulated. - AP
In other news
Kenya security official says a homemade bomb planted by extremists to disrupt
elections blew up after a hyena set it off.
Joseph Kanyiri, the head of
a task force of security agents in Lamu county, says the blast occurred after
the hyena walked over it.
He says the bomb had been
planted on a route used by election officials to transport ballots to a
counting centrer. Lamu is on a dusk-to-dawn curfew following attacks by the
al-Shabaab extremist group based in neighbouring Somalia
Al-Shabaab had threatened
to disrupt Tuesday's elections. The group has carried out more than 100 attacks
in Kenya since 2011, calling it retribution for the country sending troops to
Somalia to fight it. - AP
According to AP:
Rafael Tuju, a top official in Kenyatta's party, has said that the opposition's claims are unfounded.
Juja road in Mathare, Nairobi. Police just fired a shot of teargas at protesters throwing stones #electionske2017 pic.twitter.com/3lm37Uoknx— carien du plessis (@carienduplessis) August 9, 2017
Juja road in Mathare, Nairobi. Police just fired a shot of teargas at protesters throwing stones #electionske2017 pic.twitter.com/3lm37Uoknx
Uhuru supporter says she isn't scared that the protests will result in widespread violence like 2007 #ElectionsKE2017— carien du plessis (@carienduplessis) August 9, 2017
Uhuru supporter says she isn't scared that the protests will result in widespread violence like 2007 #ElectionsKE2017
Spectators. An Uhuru supporter says the protesters are from a certain ethnic group #electionske2017 pic.twitter.com/Pgj9FVfu2t— carien du plessis (@carienduplessis) August 9, 2017
Spectators. An Uhuru supporter says the protesters are from a certain ethnic group #electionske2017 pic.twitter.com/Pgj9FVfu2t
As we drive down Juja Rd, Mathare, still bits of burning rubble and stones in the road. Police are watching #ElectionsKE2017— carien du plessis (@carienduplessis) August 9, 2017
As we drive down Juja Rd, Mathare, still bits of burning rubble and stones in the road. Police are watching #ElectionsKE2017
According to AP:
Railways have suspended operations of trains on its recently launched line from
Mombasa to Nairobi from Thursday until further notice.
The announcement was made
as violent protests erupted in Kenya as opposition supporters protested alleged
voter fraud in the tallying of presidential results which put Uhuru Kenyatta
significantly ahead of opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Kenya Railway Authority
Managing Director Atanas Maina said the decision was made to safeguard
passengers and operations across the country.
The newly completed rail
line from the Indian Ocean port city of Mombasa to the capital city Nairobi has
been touted as a major success of President Uhuru Kenyatta's government and
there are fears it may be targeted by anti-Kenyatta protesters.
Kenyatta often referred to
the project as a success of his leadership in recent campaign speeches. The
rail line is the country's biggest infrastructure project since independence
from Britain in 1963.
Critics say the $3.3 billion project, mostly funded by
the Chinese, will never return the investment.
In protests after the 2007
elections, opposition supporters pulled out a section of railway track linking
Mombasa to Uganda, Kenya's largest trading partner.
This was after Uganda
President Yoweri Museveni supported the re-election of then president Mwai
Kibaki who the opposition said had won through rigging.
News24 correspondent Carien du Plessis is currently in Kenya's Mathare and she reports that protesters are throwing stones at soldiers.
Conferring With @JohnKerry this afternoon at a meeting of International observer mission. We called 4 maintaining peace #kenyaelections2017 pic.twitter.com/uyKhi21eo2— wilson kajwengye (@WKajwengye) August 9, 2017
Conferring With @JohnKerry this afternoon at a meeting of International observer mission. We called 4 maintaining peace #kenyaelections2017 pic.twitter.com/uyKhi21eo2
Computer logs accompanying the Presidential Election 2017 briefing - 'WE GOT THEM' - can be found here: https://t.co/xILTMKdKiM pic.twitter.com/YLxblMsfWf— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) August 9, 2017
Computer logs accompanying the Presidential Election 2017 briefing - 'WE GOT THEM' - can be found here: https://t.co/xILTMKdKiM pic.twitter.com/YLxblMsfWf
interior minister, Fred Matiangi, has warned against the use of social media to
Officials have said it was unlikely they would shut down the
internet but said they might shut down some social media if necessary to calm
hate speech and incitement.
"We assure Kenyans and
all residents, the country is safe and I urge everyone to go on freely with
their daily chores," Matiangi said.
Odinga's running mate, Kalonzo
Musyoka, also called for restraint as the fraud allegations are investigated.
"There may come a time
we may have to call you to action," Musyoka said. "But for now it is
important we be strategic as we delve deep into this matter."
What are the election results so far?
was leading with 54.34% and Odinga had 44.78% after votes at
nearly 39 000 of the 40 883 polling stations were counted, according to the
election commission. - AP
What is the electoral commission saying?
election commission said it will investigate Odinga's allegations.
"For now, I cannot say whether or not the
system has been hacked," said Wafula Chebukati, the commission chairperson. (AP)
Odinga's claims in brief:
claimed that hackers used the identity of Christopher Msando, an election
official in charge of managing information technology systems.
On July 31,
officials announced that Msando had been tortured and killed, alarming Kenyans
who feared a recurrence of political violence that has been fueled by ethnic
Msando had sought to
reassure voters that election results would not be tampered with.
Rafael Tuju, a top official
in Kenyatta's party, said the opposition's claims were unfounded.
What is happening in brief:
election took an ominous turn on Wednesday as violent protests erupted in the
capital and elsewhere after opposition leader Raila Odinga alleged fraud,
saying hackers used the identity of a murdered official to infiltrate the
database of the country's election commission and manipulate results.
Soon after Odinga spoke on
television, angry protesters in slums of Nairobi and the opposition stronghold
of Kisumu in the southwest burned tires, set up roadblocks and clashed with
police, witnesses said.
Kenyan police opened fire on people protesting election
results earlier on Wednesday in another opposition stronghold, killing one
The shooting happened in South Mugirango constituency in Kisii county,
said Leonard Katana, a regional police commander.
With results from almost
all of the polling stations counted, President Uhuru Kenyatta was shown with a
wide lead over Odinga in his bid for a second term.
Many parts of Kenya, east
Africa's commercial hub, were calm a day after the elections for president and
more than 1 800 other posts down to the county level. But the violence stirred
memories of the unrest following the 2007 vote in which more than 1 000 people
Odinga lost that election; he also lost the 2013 vote to Kenyatta
and took allegations of vote-tampering to the Supreme Court, which rejected his
Odinga, a former prime
minister, blamed Kenyatta's Jubilee Party for the alleged hacking of the
"The fraud Jubilee has
perpetuated on Kenyans surpasses any level of voter theft in our country's
history. This time we caught them," he tweeted. - AP
Stand off between police and youths at Kondele in Kisumu pic.twitter.com/RpMBROAziQ— Odeo Sirari (@OdeoSirari) August 9, 2017
Stand off between police and youths at Kondele in Kisumu pic.twitter.com/RpMBROAziQ
According to AP: Protesters in the Kenyan city of Kisumu say police are shooting at them and using tear gas amid anger over election results in the stronghold of opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Sebastian Omolo tells The Associated Press that chaos broke out as soon as Odinga finished speaking on television.
Odinga says hackers infiltrated the database of the country's election commission and manipulated Tuesday's voting results in what he calls an "attack on our democracy".
Results show President Uhuru Kenyatta with a wide lead after votes from the vast majority of polling stations were counted.
Kisumu shopkeeper Festus Odhiambo says he is praying for peace even as roads into the city's slums have been blocked by bonfires and boulders.The city has been a flashpoint in past elections.
The chairperson of Kenya's election commission says allegations by
opposition leader Raila Odinga that the commission's database was hacked in
order to manipulate results will be investigated.
Chairperson Wafula Chebukati
said on Wednesday that an audit likely will be ordered to address concerns
about the system used for Tuesday's elections.
"For now, I cannot say
whether or not the system has been hacked," Chebukati says.
Odinga made the hacking
allegation after results released by the commission showed him trailing
President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is seeking a second term.
The vast majority of
polling stations have been counted. - AP
Barricadas, gases lacrimógenos y piedras. Policía dispersa a decenas de manifestantes en Mathare, Nairobi. @EFEafrica #kenyaelections2017 pic.twitter.com/3WCI4CM9KY— Alba Villén (@AlbaVillen) August 9, 2017
Barricadas, gases lacrimógenos y piedras. Policía dispersa a decenas de manifestantes en Mathare, Nairobi. @EFEafrica #kenyaelections2017 pic.twitter.com/3WCI4CM9KY
International Observers Issue Verdict on Kenya's 2017 Elections https://t.co/WbmhnePWV3 via @Kenyans— Alex Ngugi (@AleNgugi) August 9, 2017
International Observers Issue Verdict on Kenya's 2017 Elections https://t.co/WbmhnePWV3 via @Kenyans
Meanwhile, the African Union election observers led by former president Thabo Mbeki reportedly expressed confidence and satisfaction over Tuesday's election.
According to Kenyans.co.ke, Mbeki said on Wednesday that he visited polling stations in at least 30 counties where he noted minimal anomalies and a large voter turn out.
One of the protesters, Dickson Otieno, 30, was quoted as saying: "Uhuru is not the elected one, he must have rigged it."
Otieno said this as piles of tyres burned in the street nearby.
However he said protests should be peaceful. "The problem is between Uhuru and Raila and should not involve the common man."
In the early morning in Kisumu groups of mostly young men gathered on street corners, angrily discussing the results.
Steven Okeda, a 37-year-old primary school teacher, stood with others by a corrugated tin shack next to a fetid gutter in the poor, northern Kondele neighbourhood, a morning newspaper clutched in his hand.
"The voting was just okay, nothing was wrong, but the results that are going on, the transmission, that's where the problem is. What is happening here?" he asked. "Something is cooking." "What we are saying is, Uhuru Kenyatta has stolen the election and we will not accept that," said Okeda.
Tensions also soared in Odinga's strongholds in Nairobi. In the Mathare slum protesters placed burning barricades along a main road, while police patrolled and a helicopter flew overhead. - AFP
The fraud Jubilee has perpetuated on Kenyans surpasses any level of voter theft in our country's history. This time we caught them.— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) August 9, 2017
The fraud Jubilee has perpetuated on Kenyans surpasses any level of voter theft in our country's history. This time we caught them.
2007 post-poll violence raged for two months, leaving 1 100 dead and 600 000
Voting in Kenya's general
elections passed without incident on Tuesday but as provisional results began
ticking up on the election commission website President Uhuru Kenyatta
maintained a commanding lead with about 55% to Odinga's 44%.
Early Wednesday Odinga
rejected the "fake" results, declaring "the system has
failed". (Click the link below to read more)
He later detailed
allegations of a massive hacking attack on the electronic tallying system,
sending tensions soaring. - AFP
to AFP: Police fired tear gas as several hundred protesters in the
neighbourhood of Kondele - an epicentre of violence after disputed 2007 polls -
set fire to barricades and tyres and placed rocks in the streets.
A police helicopter hovered
overhead as riot police wielding shields, assault rifles and batons deployed
two water trucks to put out the fires.
"If Raila is not
president, we can't have peace," one protester told AFP shortly before
tear gas sent the crowd running.
The protesters chanted:
"No Raila, no peace", their rallying cry after both 2007 and 2013
elections which the veteran opposition leader claims were stolen from him.
Election results on Wednesday morning showed that Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was leading challenger Raila Odinga by a significant margin in nearly complete election results, but the opposition said the counting process was flawed and disputed the tally.
The website of Kenya's election commission showed Kenyatta with 54.8% and opposition leader Odinga with 44.4% after votes were counted from more than 35 000 of the 40 833 polling stations.
The commission did not release information about which constituencies had been counted, although Kenyan television news channels later showed results from individual areas that confirmed Kenyatta's lead.
Nairobi - A witness says hundreds of protesters are rioting in Kisumu, a city in southwestern Kenya that is a stronghold of opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Kenyan journalist Fred Ooko says people from the Kondele slum in Kisumu burned tires and blocked roads on Wednesday.
Kisumu, a port city on Lake Victoria, is one of Kenya's largest urban centres. Authorities have been concerned about possible violence following elections on Tuesday.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga has alleged fraud following the release of results showing him trailing President Uhuru Kenyatta by a wide margin.
Odinga alleged that hackers used the identity of a murdered electoral official to gain entry to the election commission's database in order to manipulate voting results.
He was referring to Christopher Msando, an election official in charge of managing information technology systems who had sought to reassure voters that the results of Tuesday's elections would not be exposed to tampering.
But on July 31 officials announced that Msando had been tortured and killed.
Odinga made the allegation about Msando's identity at a news conference on Wednesday at which he said the elections were a fraud.
Results released by the election commission have shown Odinga trailing President Uhuru Kenyatta by a wide margin. - AP
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