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Kenya’s opposition describes Kenyatta’s win as a charade and a disaster

Kenya’s opposition describes Kenyatta’s win as a charade and a disaster

The emergence of incumbent, Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner of the just concluded general elections in Kenya has been described as a “charade” and a “disaster” by the National Super Alliance (NASA) opposition party.

“We are not going to be party to it. Our issues have not been addressed. One can conclude they [electoral commission] are not keen on taking our concerns seriously,” Musalia Mudavadi, a senior official of the National Super Alliance and former Kenyan vice president, said.

James Orengo, another senior NASA official, called the election process a “charade” and a “disaster”.

“You do not just hold an election for the sake of it. And the election is not about announcing winners and losers,” he said.

Kenyatta emerged winner after securing 54.27 percent of the ballots cast, while his rival, Raila Odinga, won 44.74 percent of official figures released by the country’s electoral commission on Friday.

“It’s been a long wait for the last couple of days. But we were determined that we would be patient and wait for the final result, as indeed have now been declared,” Kenyatta said following the announcement.

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“We shall continue with the work that we have started…Kenyans want us to succeed,” he added.

In his comments after the results were announced, Wafula Chebukati, Kenya Electoral Commission chairman, declared that; “Countries around the world have been watching us closely.”

There are fears that a possible tribal war may break out in Kenya after the opposition party led by Odinga refused the outcome of Tuesdays election demanding that the electoral commission granted it access to see raw data on its computer servers before it can accept defeat.

Reports say there is palpable fear in the land as many Kenyans are scared that the dispute would lead to violent protests after more than 1,000 people were killed following the last bloody election recorded in 2007.

 

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