24 people killed as post-election violence engulfs Kenya


Following the announcement of the the Presidential Election in Kenya by the Electoral body which declared incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta as the victor, violent protests have broken out at the stronghold of his opponent, Raila Odinga.

"It's been a long wait for the last couple of days". Witnesses say police fired tear gas in the Nairobi slum of Mathare and said police helicopters flew overhead.

"We had predicted they will steal the election and that's what happened".

Your election demonstrates the confidence that the Kenyan people have in your leadership.

In terms of numbers, the final results showed that Kenyatta secured 8,203,290 votes, while Odinga got 6,762,224 votes.

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Violence erupted in Nairobi, Western Kenya towns and in some parts of Odinga's strongholds, where residents said angry protesters were burning property and blocking some roads.

Commonwealth observer mission head and Ghana's ex-President John Mahama said there was no reason to doubt the commission's ability to deliver a "credible election".

"I extend a hand of friendship, I extend a hand of cooperation, I extend a hand of partnership, knowing full well that this country needs us, all together".

James Orengo, one of Odinga's lieutenants and an election agent for the opposition coalition, said the process had been a "charade".

The additional verification process was agreed upon after 72-year-old Odinga alleged that hackers had manipulated the voting system after Tuesday's polls. Odinga has been a long-time supporter of Somaliland recognition and promised to recognize Somaliland if he becomes President, during a 2016 speech at Chatham House. "To our brothers, our worthy competitors, we are not enemies, we are all citizens of the same republic".

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Kenya's acting Cabinet secretary for the interior Fred Matiangi told Kenyans Saturday that the police "always act according to the law".

The election was his fourth failed shot at the presidency.

The worldwide Elections Observation Group, which deployed 8,300 observers, said its projected outcome for the results had Kenyatta wining with 54 percent of the vote, 0.3 percent shy of the official figure.

Raila Odinga also lost the two previous elections in 2007 and 2013, claiming fraud in both cases.

However, many fear a repeat of the violence after the disputed election 10 years ago when more than 1,100 Kenyans died and 600,000 were displaced.

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