Kenya opposition to challenge re-election of Uhuru Kenyatta in court
- Author: Gina Adkins Aug 17, 2017,
Aug 17, 2017, 11:24
Six-month-old Samantha Pendo was sleeping with her mother when police in the city of Kisumu in western Kenya forced the wooden door open a crack, fired in teargas and battered the choking baby and her parents with batons, her parents said.
The Opposition will now have to produce the "compelling evidence" it says it has concerning the "rigged" presidential election in court.
The pressure came from, among others, the United Nations, the USA, the European Union, the Kenyan government, politicians and local religious and human rights organisations. They have not commented on this case.
The U.S. government has called on Kenyans to shun post-election violence following days of mostly empty streets after the conclusion of the general elections on August 8.
Odinga's move came on Sunday after the global community appealed to him to send out a message to try to halt deadly protests.
Opposition candidate Raila Odinga has claimed that the election was rigged in favor of President Uhuru Kenyatta, who won a second term.
Police have promised to investigate all incidents but human rights groups say they rarely hold officers to account for extrajudicial killings.
Kiai said the group is not registered as non-governmental organization but as a company that falls under a different oversight authority.
But foreign observers described the election as free and fair.
A dispute after an election in 2007, which Odinga also lost, sparked widescale protests and violence that killed some 1,200 people and hammered the economy.
Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said Tuesday that the government has the responsibility to ensure that security forces exercise restraint.
Local watchdogs Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) and African Center for Open Governance to the Director of Criminal Investigation (AfriCOG) were overseeing the presidential election in Kenya. "I request Baba that when he speaks, he talks about issues that will contribute to the peace in the country", another stated. Akombe, a dual US and Kenyan citizen, was not given any reason why she was stopped from boarding, the officials said.
At least 177 injured people have been treated by the Red Cross countrywide since the elections, mainly with injuries from assault with blunt objects, the aid group said Monday.
Police and the government have disputed the death toll, putting the count at 10.
Associated Press writer Tom Odula in Nairobi, Kenya contributed.