Osinbajo Congratulates Kenyatta On Election Victory

Osinbajo Congratulates Kenyatta On Election Victory

Speaking at the Bomas of Kenya on Friday, August 11 after being declared victor of the 2017 presidential election, President Kenyatta thanked all Kenyans who "voted for him overwhelmingly".

Daily Nation said he demanded access to the electoral commission's servers as a condition to accepting the outcome of the election, which he claimed was rigged in Mr Kenyatta's favour.

However, the NASA opposition coalition, led by four-time presidential hopeful Odinga, put the death toll at more than 100, including 10 children, but did not provide evidence.

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.

As Kenyatta's supporters celebrated his victory in Nairobi, Odinga's supporters clashed with police, setting objects on fire to protest the result.

"We did not find anything deliberately manipulated", said Regina Opondo, the chairwoman of ElOG's steering committee.

"We shall continue with the work that we have started... I extend a hand of friendship and partnership as Kenyans want us to succeed, Asanti Sana".

Mr Odinga, a former prime minister, claims that hackers infiltrated the election commission's computer system with the identity of a murdered election official and altered results to favour the 55-year-old Kenyatta, the son of Kenya's first president after independence from British colonial rule. Like in any competition, there is a loser and a victor.

In a bid to unite the country after the heated campaign, Kenyatta reached out to Odinga and his supporters, saying, "We are not enemies".

Tensions are rising in Kenya as officials are hoping to avoid a repeat of ethnic violence that occurred following Kenya's 2007 election, when more than 1,200 people died.

Friday's announcement of the election results sparked protests in Odinga's strongholds in western Kenya and Nairobi slums, including Kibera and Mathare.

Earlier, Mr. Odinga's supporters said he had won, and published their own figures.

Police, who were deployed in anticipation of the results, have fired tear gas in several locations.

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

The election commission said there was a hacking attempt but it failed, and that Odinga's camp had no right to declare him as the victor.

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