Kenya News Summary: Top Stories
Raila Finally Files Election Petition: After a tense week of gathering evidence to support his case, CORD presidential candidate Raila Odinga on Saturday filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging the outcome of the March 4 general elections, alleging fraud and vote manipulation.
Odinga lost to his rival Jubilee presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta, who received 50.07% of the total votes, avoiding a run-off by only 8,100 votes. Odinga secured 43.28% of the votes.
Shortly before Odinga’s lawyers filed the petition, police fired teargas at hundreds of Odinga supporters who gathered outside of the Supreme Court.
Odinga’s lawyers say they have enough evidence of vote manipulation by the electoral commission, the IEBC. Odinga’s court petition will be the first major test for the country’s new Supreme Court, set up under a new constitution adopted in a 2010 referendum.
“I have no hesitation whatsoever in lawfully challenging the election outcome,” Odinga said. “To do otherwise would be a betrayal of the new constitution and therefore of everything that Kenyans hold dear.”
Supreme Court has two weeks to decide, and if the petition is upheld, Kenya could see a run-off election.
Uhuru and Mudavadi Are Friends, Again: President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta announced on Saturday that he is welcoming leader of the United Democratic Forum party Musalia Mudavadi to his government, signing a post-election agreement with him and nine other parties at his home in Nairobi.
“Musalia Mudavadi, who was my competitor, has agreed to work with us,” Kenyatta said. “This should send a very strong message to the people at the grassroots that there is no reason to fight each other.”
During the election campaign, Mudavadi had a fall out with Kenyatta after the two briefly signed a pact in December. When Mudavadi made the pact public at the time, Kenyatta said he was forced to sign the agreement by “dark forces who claimed that a Kikuyu can’t be elected and that foreigners will suspend aid to Kenya.”