Kenya Opposition To Challenge Kenyatta's Victory At Supreme Court

Kenya Opposition To Challenge Kenyatta's Victory At Supreme Court

Kenya's opposition says it has postponed until Wednesday its announcement of steps it will take to challenge President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga told reporters that Kenyans will not willingly go along with "democracy's slaughter".

The move to the judiciary will relieve Kenyans who feared a repeat of the violence that followed the flawed 2007 vote, when Odinga called for protests which led to a police crackdown and ethnic violence.

Nevertheless, election observers said they saw no sign of irregularities in last week's vote.

While some thought taking their supporters to the streets to protest what they claim to be a stolen election was the best roiute, others objected the move as it would put a wedge between them and the global community.

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Jubilee party was declared the victor of last week's General Election after gaining more than eight million votes against his main challenger Raila Odinga of the opposition group National Super Alliance (NASA). But Andrew Limo, an election commission spokesman, said about 2,900 of the 41,000 forms showing results at individual polling stations were not yet online.

Amnesty International says the NGO Coordination Board is also asking authorities to close down another local rights group, the African Center for Open Governance.

In a statement Wednesday, Matiangi said a committee will be formed to look into allegations that the two groups had tax compliance issues and one was not registered.

The opposition stronghold has seen some of the worst clashes between police and civilians protesting against the results after the electoral commission announced Mr Kenyatta's win late on Friday.

However, he defiantly pledged to "remove" Kenyatta's government that he said stole votes from him in August 8 elections.

Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, John Magufuli of Tanzania, Pierre Nkurunzinza of Burundi, Donald Trump of the United States as well as the British government have already sent congratulatory messages to President Kenyatta.

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga has said he will mount a legal challenge to the result of last week's election, in which he was defeated by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Electoral commissioner Roselyn Akombe was stopped by security agents from boarding a flight to NY late Tuesday, said the officials who insisted on anonymity for fear of reprisals.