Kenyan August 8 Election: “Its Integrity remains intact,” says John Kerry

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta

Former U.S. secretary of state, John Kerry joined several international observers in describing the recent Kenyan election as credible, free and fair despite protest from the main opposition that the recently held presidential and legislative elections were stolen by the government.

The foreign observers including Secretary Kerry expressed confidence in the country’s electoral process, despite opposition leader Raila Odinga’s claim of massive fraud and irregularities.  African Union’s observers described Tuesday’s poll as credible, while the former US chief diplomat John Kerry said “its integrity remained intact.”

For its part, the European Union urged candidates to accept losing as “natural.”

Main opposition leader Raila Odinga addresses the press after results 

The main opposition candidate in the presidential contest against President Uhuru Kenyatta, Mr Odinga, alleges that the results of the presidential poll have been rigged to give incumbent leader Uhuru Kenyatta and team a victory.

On Wednesday, Mr Odinga said that the IT system of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had been hacked, and Kenya was witnessing the worst “voter theft” in its history. While these allegations are not verified, suspicious of a foul play abound because the IT director of the IEBC, Chris Msando, and his fiancée were murdered a week to the election in what appears to be a political assassination.

Meanwhile, The IEBC confirmed that there had been an attempt to hack its system, but it had failed.

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

When the August 8 poll results were announced, scores of Kenyans took to the streets of Mathare, a slum in the capital Nairobi, yelling “Uhuru must go.”

In other parts of the capital including the Kawangware neighborhood, Kenyan police clashed with opposition supporters, according credible sources.

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Michael Harrington

Michael Harrington is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.
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