Kenyan opposition leader meets with election body head

Lester Mason
October 21, 2017

He did not comment on an announcement by the electoral board chief executive Ezra Chiloba earlier on Friday that he would take three weeks' leave.

The Supreme Court later nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta's victory, citing irregularities, and ordered a fresh election.

Uncertainty over whether Odinga will participate in the election and concerns that it may not proceed peacefully have left Kenya, a traditionally stable Western ally in an often chaotic region, mired in political crisis.

He assured Kenyans willing to vote in the repeat election next week of adequate security.

"We must trust and safeguard our institutions to enable them to grow", Kenyatta said referring to reported attacks on election training staff in key opposition strongholds this week. The electoral board has said next week's election will go ahead.

Mr Chiloba has been under tremendous pressure from the National Super Alliance to resign, with the outfit's leader Raila Odinga calling for street protests to force him, as well as other key officials, out of office, accusing them of mismanaging the August 8 election in which President Uhuru Kenyatta was announced the victor. A fellow board member resigned this week after fleeing to the United States, saying she feared for her life.

"Despite the frequent accusations leveled at the police of alleged wanton killing and brutality, our records indicate that four deaths have occurred as a result of police intervention to stop violent demonstrations", Kenya police spokesman George Kinoti said in a statement.

Opposition protests demanding electoral reforms have continued since then.

Deputy President William Ruto said Kenyans amust vote next week to defend the country's democracy and the Constitution.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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