Nairobi, 17 August, 2022 / 9:50 pm (ACI Africa).
Faith leaders in Kenya are reaching out to “key political actors” in the East African nation following the declaration of the Presidential election results, which the candidate who was ranked second has rejected.
Chaotic scenes marred the declaration of Kenya’s Presidential election results at the Bomas of Kenya auditorium on Monday, August 15, with the chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Wafula Chebukati, being assaulted by a section of Kenyan politicians before security agents intervened, whisking him away.
Moments later, amid tight security, Mr. Chebukati declared Deputy President, Dr. William Ruto, the winner of the tight Presidential election with 50.49% of the valid votes, against his main challenger, former Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga, who garnered 48.85%.
Mr. Odinga who has lauded the move of four of the seven IEBC Commissioners to disown the results that Mr. Chebukati declared has promised to pursue all legal options. He has accused IEBC chairman of “gross impunity” and his August 15 declaration “a major setback” to the country’s democracy, capable of triggering a political crisis.
In a press conference Wednesday, August 17, representatives of Kenya’s religious leaders under the Dialogue Reference Group (DRG) expressed their readiness and availability to provide spiritual services to Kenyans feeling aggrieved by the results of the general elections that were conducted on August 9.