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Kenya's Odinga calms supporters over 'stolen' votes

Kenya's Odinga calms supporters over 'stolen' votes
From Al Jazeera - August 13, 2017

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga has called on his supporters not to go to work until he announces his next course of action after losing an election to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Odinga's move came on Sunday after the international community appealed to him to send out a message to try to halt deadly protests.

"Do not leave your homes. Do not go to work. We will make a declaration on Tuesday on which direction we are taking," he told supporters in the Nairobi slum of Kibera, an opposition stronghold.

However, he defiantly pledged to "remove" Kenyatta's government that he said stole votes from him in August 8 elections.

"We had predicted they will steal the election and that's what happened. We are not done yet. We will not give up. Wait for the next course of action which I will announce the day after tomorrow [Tuesday]," he said.

Kibera residents climbed on to roof tops and hung off trees to catch sight of Odinga, who was speaking for the first time since Kenyatta was declared the victor on Friday in a poll he claims was massively rigged.

Al Jazeera's Catherine Soi, reporting from Kibera, said: "People here said they will heed his call. They believe Odinga when he says his victory has been stolen. They will wait for more details of how exactly that happened."

Kenya's electoral commission announced on Friday that Kenyatta, 55, who has been in office since 2013, won a second five-year term with 54.27 per cent of the vote. Odinga, 72, secured 44.74 percent.

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The opposition has said 100 Kenyans had been killed in clashes between Odinga's supporters and the police.

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