Kenya opposition leader defies pressure to concede defeat

President Uhuru Kenyatta was named the victor of Kenya's general election, the country's electoral commission (IEBC) announced on Friday.

Uhuru Kenyatta was declared victor of the Tuesday (August 8) presidential election by IEBC after garnering 8,203,290 votes, a 54% representation of all votes cast, against his closest challenger, Raila Odinga, who got 6,762,224 votes (44%).

Chebukati said that he was "confident" that the manner he election was conducted was "fair and credible".

Mr Odinga has claimed his loss was down to vote rigging and said the election was a "charade".

Mr. Kenyatta, in office since 2013, ahead of his rival, garnered 54.27% of the final vote, similar to what he had in a preliminary count.

Opposition candidate Raila Odinga said that government-mandated "death squads" had fired on protesters and called on his supporters to mourn them dead on Monday and not go to work.

United States ambassador Robert F. Godec said any disputes should be dealt with through legal channels.

Those opposing the reelection have justified their protest, declaring that the election was rigged and opposition leader Raila Odinga was the actual victor. Like in any competition, there is a loser and a victor.

Calm returned to most of Odinga's strongholds Sunday after police used live ammunition to quell protests and rioting that erupted when the election result was announced late Friday, according to Kenyan human rights observers.

"I extend a hand of friendship to our older brother, Raila Odinga and his supporters and also congratulate all those who won on the NASA ticket".

"We have seen the results of political violence".

Many Somalilanders were hoping for an Odinga Presidency, due Odinga's stance on Somaliland recognition.

A day after Kenyatta was declared the victor of the presidential poll as police opened fire to disperse protesters who blocked roads and set up barricades in the capital, Nairobi, on Saturday.

Another top opposition official, James Orengo, said the coalition would not be taking its issues to court, raising the spectre of street protests.

It may be recalled that, violence after the disputed election 10 years ago left more than 1,100 Kenyans killed and 6,00,000 were displaced.

  • Jon Douglas