Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Obama calls for calm in Kenya Election as post-election violence claims 3 lives

Former US President, Barack Obama has called for calm in the ongoing political situation in his father’s home country, Kenya.

Post-election violence in the country has led to the death of three people after opposition leader, Raila Odinga rejected results.

Two people were shot dead in the capital Nairobi on Wednesday, said the city’s police chief Japheth Koome.

At least one more person was shot dead earlier in the day in South Mugirango constituency in Kisii County during a clash with the security forces, AP news agency reported.

Speaking on the election, Obama urged the leaders to shun any form of violence and called on Kenyans to respect the Constitution.

“I urge Kenyan leaders to reject violence and incitement; respect the will of the people; urge security forces to act professionally and neutrally, and work together no matter the outcome,”

“I urge all Kenyans to work for an election and aftermath that is peaceful and credible, reinforcing confidence in your new Constitution and the future of your country. Any disputes around the election should be resolved peacefully, through Kenya’s institutions and the rule of law,” he added.

The opposition leader, Odinga rejected the partial results of the presidential polls, saying hackers infiltrated the database of Kenya’s election body to manipulate the “democratic process”.

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