Violence Threatens Kenya as Presidential Rerun Closes in

Kenyan Opposition Leader Mr. Raila Odinga's Campaign Photo
Kenyan Opposition Leader Mr. Raila Odinga's Campaign Photo

The Opposition party of Kenya has demanded the electoral officials to be sacked just before a few days of a rerun presidential election.

Police and the opposition supporters engaged in violence in the strongholds of the Kenyan Opposition Kisumu and Siaya.

The Kenyan security forces fired tear gas at the opposition activists who had been demanding the sack of election officials.

Raila Odinga, the Kenyan opposition leader has called for nationwide protests on Thursday at a press conference.

He promised regular protests until his demands are met. He has pledged to continue protests twice a week.

Mr. Odinga told in the press conference on Thursday, “We have no other option but to take the battle to the people.”

“I call upon on this generation to resist. They must arise and resist an attempt to try and take them back to the eras of single-party dictatorship. We are calling our people to action,” Odinga said.

Meanwhile, Kenyan President Kenyatta said, “There is no way that the government will allow any person to block any voter from exercising their right to choose the leader or leaders of their choice.”

Mr. Kenyatta said in a televised statement, “A coup in Kenya has just been done by the four people in the Supreme Court.”

President Kenyatta was declared the winner of an election held on 8 August. He won 54% votes while his opponent former PM of Kenya Raila Odinga won 44% vote.

The opposition leader Raila Odinga refused to accept the result of the election. He accused of being cheated of victory.

According to his appeal, the supreme of the court of Kenya declared that the poll was neither transparent nor verifiable.

The rhetoric from both Odinga and Kenyatta camps, after the election was annulled by the Supreme Court, escalated.

Given the tension is deteriorated, security experts fear that the country could get into a new wave of violence.

In the aftermath of the 2007 election, violence killed more than 1000 people.

Kenyatta urged for peace and stability after the new election date announced. He said, “Each one of us, especially we leaders, must ensure that even as we enter this new competition, we have a responsibility to ensure that the peace and stability that will deliver to all Kenyans the promise of shared prosperity that we as a people desire.”

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