Kenya’s opposition leader has urged his supporters to stay away from work on Monday to protest against the presidential election result.
Speaking to thousands of cheering supporters in Kibera, Nairobi’s biggest slum, Raila Odinga accused the government of rigging the election and murdering his backers.
He said: “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.
“But for now I want to tell you not to go to work tomorrow (Monday).”
A human rights group has said 24 people have been killed since the election, and opposition supporters have battled police who fired live ammunition and tear gas in Kibera in recent days.
The dead includes a nine-year-old girl, while almost 100 people more have been injured,
Despite Mr Odinga’s claims, which he has not provided evidence for, Kenya’s election commission said the process for the vote won by incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta was fair.
International observers have echoed this.
But the opposition leader maintained his stance on Sunday, telling supporters: “This is a failed regime that is resorting to killing people instead of addressing the real issue.
“The vote was stolen. There’s no secret about that.”
Mr Odinga was speaking for the first time since President Kenyatta was declared the victor by 1.4 million votes and following calls from the international community for him to calm his supporters.
Senator James Orengo, one of Mr Odinga’s chief supporters, said the opposition would call for demonstrations.
“When we people call you to action, peaceful action, don’t stay behind,” he said.
He also called for a boycott of Nation television and newspapers, Kenya’s largest independent media group, over their coverage of the poll.
Presidential spokesman Manoah Esipisu has blamed the bloodshed of recent days on protesters.
“The violent protests are unlawful,” he said.
“The police will not tolerate breaches of the peace; instead, they will protect the lives and property of Kenyans; and they will restore law and order.”
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