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Raila takes election fight to court

Opposition leader Raila Odinga speaks to supporters in Mathare on August 13, 2017. AFP PHOTO | MARCO LONGARI
Opposition leader Raila Odinga speaks to supporters in Mathare on August 13, 2017. AFP PHOTO | MARCO LONGARI 

Kenya's main opposition leader Raila Odinga has said he will move to court to challenge the re-election of Uhuru Kenya in the 2017 General Election.

The move comes just days after NASA indicated that going to court would not be an option, saying the government's recent crackdown on civil society had changed their minds.

"We had said we will not go court. But with the raid on civil society and determination to silence all voices that could seek legal redress like AFRICOG and the Kenya Human Rights Commission, we have now decided to move to the Supreme Court and lay before the world the making of a computer-generated leadership," Mr Odinga said in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

"NASA wants to show the world what happened in the fraud," he said, claiming that the electoral agency's failure to present Form34As was proof the election was bungled.

"Yesterday, IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba finally made the stunning admission that the Commission was not able to supply all Form34As yet. This means that both the provisional and final results announced last week are null and void and that Uhuru Kenyatta was not lawfully declared winner," Mr Odinga said.

He further termed the announcement by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) last Friday as computer generated results.

'Shame on you'

Mr Odinga also had strong words for foreign observers who had given the election conducted by the the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) a clean bill of health.

"We also have the bizarre situation where some observers grossly violated their mandate and started calling upon NASA to concede – even before the IEBC officially announced the election’s outcome," he claimed, as he admonished African and foreign observer missions saying they should be ashamed.

He also called on all African diplomats to show solidarity with Kenya.

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