In Kenya, this is relief from the decision of Raila Odinga to appeal to the Supreme Court to contest the results of the presidential election. The opposition has until Friday evening August 18 to file its appeal. For many, this is a sign that the worst is over.
“Relief while Raïla seizes the Supreme Court, ” headlines the daily Business Daily. A feeling shared by many Kenyans on the streets of Nairobi. Grace Kamau, who runs a kiosk in a busy street in the capital, explains that she was waiting for one thing, to get back to work. What she can do without fear of further riots, she said.
The opponent’s decision seems to be pleasing to most of his supporters, although many doubt the impartiality of the Supreme Court. In 2013, the court rejected Raïla Odinga’s appeal and validated the victory of Uhuru Kenyatta. And some NASA (National Super Alliance) activists are afraid that the story will repeat itself.
On Thursday, the hour was still mourning after the riots of last week, and their repression by the forces of order. The death toll was 24, according to the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC), 6 according to the police.
Kenyan media reported the death of Samantha Pendo, a 6-month-old baby, as a result of police injuries, according to her parents.
On Wednesday, IPOA, the independent monitoring body of the police, announced that it had opened several investigations.