Kenya op­po­si­tion cries foul over vote re­sult

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Nairobi, Kenya - Kenyan Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta ap­peared headed for re-elec­tion on Wed­nes­day but his ri­val Raila Odinga claimed a mas­sive hack­ing at­tack had ma­nip­u­lated re­sults, ratch­et­ing up ten­sions in op­po­si­tion strongholds.

Po­lice fired tear gas to dis­perse a few hun­dred pro­test­ers in Kisumu in west­ern Kenya as well as in Nairobi's Mathare slum, with Odinga's sup­port­ers set­ting up burn­ing bar­ri­cades and block­ing roads with de­bris in both spots.

With votes from 95 per cent of polling sta­tions counted, elec- toral com­mis­sion (IEBC) re­sults showed Keny­atta lead­ing with 54 per cent of the over 1 mn bal­lots tal­lied against Odinga’s 44.7 per cent.

“Th­ese re­sults are fake, it is a sham. They can­not be cred­i­ble,” Odinga told a press con­fer­ence in the early hours of Wed­nes­day.

The IEBC said the re­sults could not be con­sid­ered of­fi­cial un­til they were ver­i­fied by orig­i­nal doc­u­ments from polling sta­tions.

Odinga’s ac­cu­sa­tions, and the re­ac­tion of his sup­port­ers, again

raised the spec­tre of elec­toral vi­o­lence in Kenya, still trau­ma­tised by the mem­ory of bloody post­poll clashes a decade ago which left 1,100 peo­ple dead and 600,000 dis­placed.

Odinga said hack­ers had gained en­try to the sys­tem us­ing the iden­tity of top IT of­fi­cial Chris Msando, who was found mur­dered and tor­tured late last month. “This is an at­tack on our democ­racy. The 2017 gen­eral elec­tion was a fraud,” said Odinga.

The 72 year old is mak­ing his fourth bid for the pres­i­dency as flag­bearer for the Na­tional Su­per Al­liance (NASA).

Wa­fula Che­bukati, chair­man of IEBC, in­sisted the poll was ‘free and fair’. “We shall carry out in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” he said.

This is an at­tack on our democ­racy. The 2017 elec­tion is a fraud

Raila Odinga


A file photo shows pedes­tri­ans and ve­hi­cles in front of the por­traits of late North Korean lead­ers Kim Il-Sung (left) and Kim Jong-Il, in Py­ongyang on July 21. The UN has im­posed tough new sanc­tions on the na­tion over its mis­sile and nu­clear pro­grammes

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