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Kenya opposition demands Odinga be ‘declared president’

Kenya’s main opposition coalition demanded on Thursday that its candidate Raila Odinga be declared president, claiming it had evidence he had won an election that has already led to angry protests over fraud claims.

Raila Odinga
Raila Odinga

The latest allegations by the National Super Alliance (NASA) are likely to further ratchet up tensions a day before official results are expected from Tuesday’s vote.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has an unassailable lead in provisional results, but Odinga claims these are a “sham” result of a massive hacking attack on the electronic vote tallying system.

Heads of foreign observer missions from the European Union, African Union, Commonwealth and Carter Center urged party leaders to be patient and refrain from inflaming tensions, expressing confidence in the election commission (IEBC).

However shortly after they spoke, one of NASA’s leaders Musalia Mudavadi gave a televised press conference unveiling new claims from “confidential sources” within the IEBC that their servers showed Odinga was the true winner.

Mudavadi said he would provide data and screenshots showing that on the IEBC servers, Odinga was shown to have 8.04 million votes against Kenyatta with 7.75 million.

The IEBC public website, which is publishing results as they stream in electronically from polling stations, shows Kenyatta with 8.1 million votes ahead of Odinga with 6.7 million.

According to the website, results are in from 98% of polling stations, however the IEBC has urged patience as it cross-checks results with scanned forms.

“Evidently, the accurate and lawful results in the presidential election is the transmission received from the polling stations and contained in the IEBC servers and not the unverified displays,” said Mudavadi.

“We demand that the IEBC chairperson announce the presidential election results forthwith and declare Raila Amolo Odinga… as the duly elected president.”

Mudavadi however urged Kenyans to “remain calm at this point in time.”

 ‘Exercise restraint’ 

IEBC chief Wafula Chebukati had earlier urged parties to “exercise restraint” as results were being finalised.

“We are working hard to ensure that we get the final results within the shortest time possible. We expect that all the presidential results… will reach the national tallying centre by 12:00 tomorrow (Friday).”

He said the results would be validated and that a final decision would be announced “soon thereafter.”

Odinga, 72, who claims elections in 2007 and 2013 were stolen from him, on Wednesday charged that hackers broke into the IEBC’s systems and rigged the count using the log-in details of top IT official Chris Msando, found murdered and tortured last month.

“You can only cheat a people for so long,” Odinga said.

His allegations sparked isolated protests in his strongholds in several Nairobi slums and the western city of Kisumu on Wednesday, where protesters engaged in running battles with riot police.

The capital’s police chief said officers shot dead two men who had allegedly attacked them with machetes.

In the southeastern Tana River region, police killed two alleged knife attackers who stormed a vote-tallying centre and stabbed one person.

On Thursday many businesses remained closed and the streets were very quiet in the capital and elsewhere as the country held its breath, with memories still fresh of post-election violence in 2007 that left 1 100 people dead.

“We find ourselves at a crossroads once again,” the Daily Nation newspaper warned grimly.

“The nation is sitting precariously on the precipice. The dispute over poll results is creating needless anxiety.”

 ‘Hacking was attempted’ 

The IEBC insists its electronic voting system – seen as key to avoiding fraud – had not been compromised, despite apparent attempts to do so.

“Hacking was attempted but did not succeed, that is our position,” said Chebukati.

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry, leading an observer team from the Carter Centre, expressed confidence in the integrity of the electronic system.

“We believe the IEBC put in place a detailed, transparent process of voting, counting, reporting and securing the vote, all of which lends significant credibility and accountability,” Kerry told a press conference.

Polling officers have been sending results electronically to Nairobi, which are showing up in real time on a public website, but these need to be backed up with forms signed by them and party agents in each of the 40 883 polling stations.

Kerry said his observer team had witnessed party agents counting ballots and deciding together which were valid or not before signing off on final tallies.

“All of this provides an extensive traceable trail of agreement by many parties on the paper balloting process and therefore on the outcome,” he said.

Some 400 international observers were present for Tuesday’s vote.

Marietje Schaake, head of the EU mission said elections commission (IEBC) officials were “working around the clock. It’s important they have the time to do these procedures well.”

“We continue to urge everyone to be calm, to be resilient and to be peaceful,” she said.

Ghanaian former president John Mahama, who is leading the Commonwealth delegation, also urged Kenyans to give the IEBC “proper time and space to complete the results process with necessary due diligence.

“It is vital that all political leaders maintain peace and calm, exercise patience and not stampede the process,” he added. AFP

  • Yah so can we call ecowas nw

  • He looks like Tsvangirai.

  • Again

  • Africa! Soon they are going charge him with treason.

  • Just the sight of seeing on tv mostly young Kenyans some as young as 15,17,19,25,30,40 years of age toyi toying showing their anger, so emotionally and passionately interested in their country’s affairs and BRAVELY confronting the police really touched my heart and I was so green with envy and i admired those young Kenyans who have refused to tolerate nonsense and bullcrap in their country for a long time. Zimbabwe the so called literate “educated” people,where are we??BLOODY COWARDS!


    • Philip Zulu u agree wirh you.. 100% .When we Zimbabweans see problems and mismanagement and maladministration of our country by politicians and funny election results we just keep quite and gossip about it on social media and bars and simply run away to work in other countries.

    • Well said bro, our folks are the most terrified and petrified citizenry who have lost the decency of being responsible with their nationhood. Talk about leaving in en-mass to foreign lands, yes we have become masters of that; talk of border jumping even if it means plunging in deep rivers infested with crocs, we have re-invented the wheel, but you ask them to dutifully defend their vote by resisting all forms dictatorship and anarchy; by fighting with everything that meaningfully brings fear in those thugs ruining our lives- you will be talking to yourself. It is a tragedy of unproportional measure when we witness these same folks being the filthiest gluttons of gochi gochi and merrymaking in pubs and yet, a clarion call to fight for their destiny and future generations’ legacy is highly ignored and watered down as some hallucinations. We have become the the worst citizenry of extreme cowardice, ignorance and daydreaming cry babies the world has ever known, we have lost all conscience of statehood belonging and the pride of nation building as we have unimaginatively aided the current Armageddon status quo by our Biblical Jonah’s Nineveh obduracy. We have denied common sense of fighting anarchy and despotism, we have wallowed and willowed about everything that is highly repugnant, morally unholy and detestable, but never lifted a finger due to gross laziness. To some, the leadership will go to hell but, to the most informed and responsible citizenry; the majority of these sulking folks are also hell-bound for aiding thugs disguised as politicians and freedom fighters to misrule and devour the nation, yes hell is a destination for those that have abdicated on their responsibilities of guarding what God parcelled to them, as He gave without measure but we opted for the Nineveh tandems. We feared men and women more than our creator, the Almighty; we immortalised mere mortals as we forfeited our God given rights of fighting for righteousness and justice, we lost all common senses as we left the widows of extreme political violence unguarded, we conived with power drunk vipers as we shunned the weakest and the orphans. Their cries have been heard high above and what we experience and witness is a clear testimony of how irresponsible behaviour and extreme cowardice brought down a once beautiful nation to a rubble of dust, swamps and plumes of destitution. Poverty and desperation are the Siamese twins of every Zimbabwean, the economic carnage and plundering has reduced all forms decency amongst all folks and all because we were scattered and too scared to put a fight for survival.

    • Mzwa NkonjeniMathayi Mafu

    • Just the sight of one policeman in riot gear or two soldiers taking a walk is simple enough to make most Zimbabweans to defacate in their pants with fear.

  • Don’t try just accept the result and let people to live in peace

  • Power to the winners

  • Mwendamberi

    ko maziso kutsvukaa

  • Mwendamberi

    ko maziso kutsvukaa

  • Kukenya kunenge kawandisawo mastreet kids .father and mother vanhu ivavo vanemhirizhonga isingaiti nekuti varinyore kushandiswa

  • This guy has lost ,few Mps ,Governor,senates,wRep, how come he can win in presidency only…

    • dhehwa72

      people can choose to elect MPs and Governors from a different political party and elect a President from another party, its called Democracy

  • Where there is Thabo Mbeki there is no fairness

  • Wherever there is rigging Thabo Mbeki is involved

  • Ndozvatichatoita muno mirai muwone henyu ma elections asvike
    Zvekunzi yahwinha yemakore ose ndezvekwavo vanoreva nhema

  • But let’s face it at 75 Odinga wants to lead a country and from when has he been loosing but he still wants to lead which means if he wins now he will want to lead until when now?????