Uhura Kenyatta declared victor of Kenya election

  • Uhura Kenyatta declared victor of Kenya election

Uhura Kenyatta declared victor of Kenya election

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the victor Friday of a disputed election with 54.27 (8,203,290) percent of votes, beating his rival Raila Odinga who scored 44.74 percent, the election commission announced.

Provisional results released by the election commission showed Kenyatta had won 54.3% of votes, ahead of Odinga on 44.8% - a lead of 1.4 million votes with 97% of polling stations reported.

The announcement of the results was delayed for hours, after election officials said they needed time to review some documents from some polling districts.

Kenyan election officials say only they have the authority to declare the victor, and global election observers say they have seen no signs of interfering with the vote.

But Odinga supporters, many of them members of his Luo tribe or other allied tribes, said they are being robbed of yet another election.

Chiloba says the commission chairman, Wafula Chebukati, will make an announcement later in the day. Many Kenyans fear a repeat of violence that followed the 2007 election. He has urged his supporters to remain calm but said: "I don't control the people".

Kenya's western city of Kisumu, saw some protests on Wednesday after the opposition said the electronic voting system has been hacked.

He encouraged political leaders in Kenya "to rise to the occasion" and spurred the leadership of that country to ensure Kenya does not "burn because of an election".

Civic education in Africa still lags behind; We need a lot of civic education and be taught on how to vote peacefully and go back to work.

"Nobody should think this is the end of the matter", he said.

Another attractive addition was that about five million young Kenyans voted for the first time, and added a new dimension to politics in the country.

President Kenyatta, 55, is a wealthy businessman and the son of Kenya's first president.

"If they can open those servers, and we all look at it, we are prepared to accept the results of what is contained in those servers", James Orengo, chief election agent for the National Super Alliance opposition coalition, told reporters. He has not indicated how he will mount any challenge to the results in this election. The Kenyan election commission has disputed his claims that its database was hacked and results were manipulated in favor of President Uhuru Kenyatta, who seeks a second term. A few miles from Kibera, there are Land Rover dealerships and new glass high rise towers, but the slum remains crime-ridden and poor, much of it without plumbing or electricity.

Hundreds of police in anti-riot gear are patrolling the capital, Nairobi. But it has been battered by terrorist attacks, including one on an upscale Nairobi mall that killed 48 people in 2013, and another in 2015 at a northern university, which left 148 dead.

Protracted turmoil could derail an economy that's grown an average of 5.7 percent a year since Kenyatta took power in 2013, and threaten its reputation as a top African investment and tourist destination.