Kenyatta urges opposition to take its grievances to court

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Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged the opposition to avoid violent protests and take their grievances over the Presidential election results to court.

In his first public appearance since he was declared winner of last week’s elections, Kenyatta urged police to use restraint when dispersing protesting opposition members.

Kenyatta spoke as businesses started resuming operations in most parts of the country after a week of uncertainty following the announcement of the now disputed polls results. Kenyans largely ignored calls by opposition leader Raila Odinga to boycott work and mourn those who lost their lives during violent protests against the outcome of the polls.

Kenyatta urged the opposition to petition the outcome of the polls in court and called on the police not use excessive force while dispersing the protestors.

Odinga has rejected the elections results saying the exercise were marred by massive fraud. He expected to announce his next move on Tuesday.

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– By Sarah Kimani