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As results show an incumbent victory, Kenya protests turn deadly

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Protesters burn tyres in Kibera slum in Nairobi

On Friday, August 11, 2017, at around 10pm, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared Uhuru Kenyatta, victor of the Presidential race in the just concluded General Election, causing mixed reaction across the country.

Odinga has claimed the election commission's database was hacked and results manipulated in favor of Kenyatta, who won with 54 percent of the vote to Odinga's 44 percent.

Mr Kenyatta, 55, who is a wealth businessman and the son of Kenya's first president, called for unity this saying "there is no need for violence".

On the other hand, global observers including former U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry have called the elections "credible and peaceful". "We have seen the results of political violence".

Protests in the Kawangware slum in Nairobi have left burning tyres, debris and looted shops following running battles between opposition supporters and police.

He said that he was extending a "hand of friendship" to "our older brother", Mr Odinga, 72.

More than 400 worldwide election monitors - including officials from the United States and the European Union - were deployed across the country to monitor voting, the tallying process and part of the post-election period.

This was despite the fact that results streaming onto the IEBC website showed Kenyatta with 8.1 million votes to Odinga's 6.7 million.

"We shall develop this country together".

The announcement of the results was delayed for hours after election officials had said they needed time to review documents from some polling districts. Voting systems in 2013 were afflicted by widespread malfunctions that led to renewed accusations of vote-rigging, and more than 300 people were killed in postelection violence.

In the Kondele neighbourhood of the western city of Kisumu - where protests erupted on Wednesday - hundreds of celebrating Odinga supporters took to the streets, banging drums and blowing vuvuzelas after Mudavadi's announcement.

Odinga who is now 72 years old and will be ineligible to contest in any future elections is ready to fight the results with everything he's got.

But Mbogori said the commission "can confirm that there has been excessive use of force and misuse of firearms by security personnel dealing with members of the public who are exercising their right to peaceful assembly in accordance with our constitution". Reuters reported that one man was killed there.

"Having fulfilled the requirements by law, I therefore wish to declare Uhuru Kenyatta as the President-Elect and William Ruto as the Deputy President-Elect", Chebukati said.

African observers described Tuesday's poll as credible, while former US Secretary of State John Kerry said its integrity remained intact. He also lost the 2013 vote to Kenyatta and took allegations of vote-tampering to the Supreme Court, which rejected his case.

Another four people died after being hit by vehicles during celebrations in separate incidents on Friday night around the country, said a senior traffic police officer.

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