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Kenya's opposition urges supporters to strike

Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 01:38

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga on Sunday (August 13) called for a strike and a day of mourning to support his claim to the presidency and accused the ruling party of spilling the blood of innocent people, despite growing pressure on him to concede election defeat. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.

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Addressing his supporters for the first time since his defeat in Kenya's presidential election. Opposition leader Raila Odinga spoke in front of thousands at Nairobi's biggest slum Kibera on Sunday (August 13) where he defied international pressure to concede defeat to President Uhuru Kenyatta. Instead, urging his supporters to stay away from work on Monday (August 14) and accusing the government of having planned to rig elections and murder his supporters. (SOUNDBITE) (Swahili) OPPOSITION LEADER RAILA ODINGA, SAYING: "I am telling Jubilee that they have spilled innocent people's blood, they will pay for it. Because Jubilee has deployed troops with guns to kill innocent people, tomorrow (Monday) you should not leave your house, there is no work tomorrow . Then on Tuesday (August 15) I will give out the direction as to what we need to do." International observers have said Tuesday's (August 8) election was largely fair. But Odinga and his NASA party have continued to dispute the result. Sparking deadly clashes between police and civilians in opposition stronghold areas which ignited after Kenyatta's win was confirmed on Friday (August 11). A rights group claims there have been at least 24 deaths in election-related unrest so far, including that of a nine-year-old girl. Odinga's NASA coalition claimed on Saturday (August 12) at least 100 were dead, but offered no proof. By Sunday, the violence had largely abated, to the relief of Kenyans who feared a repeat of the carnage that followed 2007's disputed election when 12-hundred people were killed. Some Odinga supporters are convinced victory was stolen from them a decade ago and again in 2013, with both elections marred by irregularities and problems. Odinga contested both, and lost, and his supporters say they will not back down this time.

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Kenya's opposition urges supporters to strike

Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 01:38