Kenya general election 2017

  1. Odinga: We may sue Facebook over election

    Kenya"s opposition leader Raila Odinga (L) arrives at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi early March 27, 2018,
    Image caption: Raila Odinga is "contemplating" legal action against both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica

    Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has told a UK broadcaster his coalition is considering legal action against Facebook.

    Speaking to Channel 4 News, Mr Odinga accused the social media giant of "co-operating" with groups like Cambridge Analytica - the scandal-hit company used by his rival, Uhuru Kenyatta.

    The group, which is accused of exploiting the data of millions of Facebook users, worked for current President Kenyatta in both the 2013 and 2017 elections.

    Mr Odinga said the experience Cambridge Analytica had gathered between the two dates had allowed them to "perfect" their approach.

    He described some of the methods used as "devilish".

    Mr Odinga said he and his colleagues were "contemplating" suing both groups for the role they played in last year's election - but that any legal action would take place outside of Kenya.

    Facebook had previously apologised for failing to protect users' data.

    It's still unclear exactly what role Cambridge Analytica or Facebook played in the Kenyan elections.

    You can watch the full interview here.

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    Video caption: Raphael Tuju: Kenya is not a nation state

    Kenya's governing Jubilee Party's Raphael Tuju on the problems faced forging a country.

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    Video caption: Kenya's Raila Odinga calls for new elections

    Mr Odinga believes the country's president, Uhuru Kenyatta, lacks legitimacy

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    Video caption: Why did Kenya's Raila Odinga 'inaugurate' himself as president?

    Kenya's main opposition leader stages his own "swearing-in" after two disputed elections. We explain.

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    Video caption: Kenya's disputed election has hit growth

    Post-election uncertainty in Kenya has affected business.

  6. Kenyan Attorney General: swearing in parallel president is treason

    Kenya's Attorney General Githu Muigai has said that any attempt to hold a parallel swearing in of a president would be high treason, reports Reuters.

    It comes after opposition leader Raila Odinga said last month he would be inaugurated on 12 December.

    Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in as president on 28 November, at a ceremony boycotted by the opposition.

    Uhuru Kenyatta

    The original election on 8 August was held again after being annulled by the Supreme Court on the grounds of irregularities.

    Mr Kenyatta was officially re-elected with 98% of the vote but Mr Odinga had boycotted it and doesn't recognise his victory.

  7. Families attend funerals of people killed during Kenyan elections

    Emmanuel Igunza

    BBC Africa, Kisumu

    Kenyan funeral

    Funerals are taking place today of some of the victims allegedly killed by Kenyan police as security officers clashed with opposition supporters during this year’s electioneering period.

    Human rights groups say more than 50 people have been killed by police since the election in August.

    The latest victim was a seven-year-old boy, shot dead as he played outside his home on Tuesday - the same day President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in.

    Some of the affected families have collected the bodies of their loved ones today at the City Mortuary in the capital Nairobi.

    Geoffrey Nguyagwa Ovwiru told me his brother Elisha Osenyo Lukuba was shot dead on 17 November.

    Quote Message: It is a very sad moment for us as a family, for the entire country to lose such a young energetic person. It's so painful. Why kill an innocent person? The government that is supposed to protect us is no longer protecting us."

    Rosa Buyu, who is an MP in Kisumu County, an opposition stronghold which has also witnessed violent protests and deaths, is among the leaders who have accompanied the mourners.She told them this is a fight for justice and electoral reforms:

    Quote Message: Your children have paid the biggest price anybody else can pay. But we want to tell the government and the police, we are tired of crying. We have cried enough and we don’t want to cry anymore. It’s the government that can stop us from crying because they can stop these senseless killings."

    Police have denied using lethal force against demonstrators.

    In an interview with a local TV station, police spokesman Charles Owino said all the deaths are being investigated:

    Quote Message: We don’t take death for granted. In every death, we open inquiries into the cause, and we present these files before magistrates having jurisdiction. And if a policeman is found to have committed and offence, he will definitely be charged."
  8. 'My son was shot dead - I want justice'

    David Wafula

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    An opposition supporter is beaten by police in Nairobi, Kenya, 28 November 2017
    Image caption: There were running battles between the police and opposition supporters in Nairobi

    The father of a seven-year-old boy shot dead in Kenya during clashes between the police and opposition protesters is demanding justice for his only son.

    Geoffrey Mutinda was killed on Tuesday while he was playing on the balcony of an apartment block in the capital, Nairobi.

    His father, Peter Mutuku, told me that he last saw Geoffrey when he said he was going to a neighbour’s flat to watch television as their own TV set was broken.

    Quote Message: He went to check the inauguration of the president."

    People in the street below were demonstrating against President Uhuru Kenyatta's swearing-in as the opposition had boycotted last month’s election.

    Mr Kenyatta was officially re-elected with 98% of the vote but just under 39% of voters turned out last month. The original election on 8 August was annulled because of irregularities.

    Mr Mutuku said he was out when the shooting happened:

    Quote Message: I was called that my kid has been shot. When I came to the scene… it was chaos. I found my child lying down. I took some blankets, I covered the body and I went to the police."

    Witnesses told him that the shooter was not wearing a police uniform but he was believed to be in the security forces.

    Mr Mutuku added:

    Quote Message: The shooter was not even hiding [a] gun."

    The civilian police watchdog agency, Ipoa, is now investigating the case.

    The distraught father added:

    Quote Message: I hope justice will be got."

    The police have denied using live rounds when breaking up such protests.

    Tomorrow, the families of at least five people killed when opposition supporters had gathered to welcome home their leader Raila Odinga from an overseas trip earlier this month are to collect bodies from the city mortuary.

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    Video caption: Kenyatta is sworn in for a second term as Kenya president

    The ceremony took place in a packed stadium in the capital, Nairobi.

  10. Bid to annul Kenya election

    A woman is watched by a young child as she casts her vote into a ballot box at a polling station at Mutomo Primary School in Kiambu on October 26, 2017, as polls opened for the Kenyan presidential elections
    Image caption: The main opposition boycotted last month's poll

    Kenyan businessman and former MP Harun Mwau has filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging last month's presidential election, won by President Uhuru Kenyatta with 98% of the vote.

    The election commission violated the law by failing to call for fresh nominations, after the Supreme Court nullified the results of the first poll in August, Mr Mwau said in court papers, adding:

    Quote Message: This renders the elections held on October 26 invalid as they were conducted in an unconstitutional, irregular, illegal manner and in flagrant disobedience of the courts directions."

    The main opposition leader, Raila Odinga, boycotted the re-run, saying the vote was not free and fair.

    He has launched a "national resistance" campaign, which has targeted three of Kenya's biggest firms, including mobile phone operator Safaricom, for a boycott.

    On Monday, Mr Odinga switched from Safaricom to Airtel, the second largest service provider in Kenya.

    He accuses Safaricom of colluding in efforts to rig the election, an allegation it strongly denies.

    The Supreme Court has until 14 November to consider petitions challenging the election.

    It annulled the August poll, saying it was marred by "irregularities and illegalities".