NASA presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga on Wednesday revealed, to the surprise Kenyans, that the outfit was heading to the Supreme Court to contest the results announced last Friday in which President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the victor.
Kenyans have the right to protest but must do so peacefully, said Kenyatta, who previously appealed for unity after his victory was announced. Both groups monitored the elections in which President Uhuru Kenyatta won a second term.
Electoral observers from the African Union, European Union and Carter Center praised the electoral commission's work, and a local observation group that dispatched more than 8,000 monitors to the polls said its tallies from polling stations were consistent with the official results.
After Kenyatta was declared the victor on Friday (Aug. 11), protests engulfed opposition strongholds in Nairobi and Kisumu in western Kenya.
Odinga said his supporters "won't accept it until they have answers to the disturbing questions that have been raised". Those charges were later dropped for lack of evidence.
In 2013, Raila filed a petition that sought to invalidate the results of the Presidential election, alleging that there was massive electoral fraud and malpractices that helped Uhuru Kenyatta to win.
After the 2007 vote, Odinga's supporters took to the streets, and a resulting crackdown coupled with a wave of politically motivated tribal violence left over 1,100 dead.
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"NASA will issue a comprehensive statement to the nation tomorrow (Wednesday)", he said, adding "our consultations are ongoing and progressing well".
Meanwhile, the Reuters news agency reports Kenyan government ordered the suspension of moves to shut down two rights groups that have raised concerns over last week's election, hours after authorities raided one of the group's offices.
The Kenyan shilling firmed on Monday to touch an intra-day high of 103.65 per dollar, from 104 before the election, while Kenyan dollar bonds have also rallied after the election.
In the Nairobi slum of Mathare on Sunday, Odinga visited the home of an 8-year-old girl hit by a stray bullet on her third floor balcony when witnesses said police were firing to disperse protesters.
Life is returning to normal and residents of the capital are "safe and secure", said Nairobi police chief Japheth Koome.
Her father Joseph Abanja said: "They started moving and said, "let's go". He also denied accusations of police brutality.
"We have now made a decision to move to the Supreme Court and lay before the world the making of a computer generated leadership", Odinga, flanked by members of his NASA coalition, said. After several months, Odinga lost his case.