Kenya's Odinga accepts to settle poll dispute in top court

Posted August 17, 2017

Opposition leader Raila Odinga arrives to hold a news conference in Nairobi on Wednesday.

NASA presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga on Wednesday revealed, to the surprise Kenyans, that the outfit was heading to the Supreme Court to contest the results announced last Friday in which President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the victor.

Mr Kofi Annan, the Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation, has applauded the people of Kenya for their commitment to democracy, which they demonstrated during their recent elections by turning out to vote enthusiastically. Police have denied they killed that many people, saying they shot some criminals who attacked them and that none of the protests were peaceful.

Odinga has claimed that election results were hacked and rigged.

"We have now chose to move to the Supreme Court and lay before the world the making of a computer-generated leadership", he told journalists.

A dispute after an election in 2007, which Odinga also lost, sparked widescale protests and violence that killed some 1,200 people and hammered the economy.

Speaking at the weekend, Odinga had said he would advise supporters this Tuesday of "the next course of action".

The electoral commission announced on August 11 that incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta had won the election with 54.3 percent of the vote, beating Odinga's 44.8 percent.

Kenya is the wealthiest country in East Africa, and has emerged as a pillar of stability in a fragile region, which includes war-torn neighbors Somalia and South Sudan.

Results streamed by the IEBC were not backed by forms 34B, the documents signed by party and candidates' agents in constituencies, the opposition leader said.

That rift predates the country's independence in 1963, and some worry that Odinga's refusal to concede will further complicate reconciliation efforts.

"We had predicted they will steal the election and that's what happened". Those charges were later dropped for lack of evidence. The clash broke out in Nairobi's slums on Saturday after Uhuru Kenyatta was re-elected as the President.

Odinga's move came on Sunday after the worldwide community appealed to him to send out a message to try to halt deadly protests.

In a statement, Interior Minister Fred Matiangi said a committee will be formed to look into allegations that the two organizations had tax compliance issues and one was not registered.