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Raila tells supporters to skip work tomorrow ahead of major announcement

Opposition leader Raila Odinga surrounded by supporters during a rally in Kamukunji grounds, Kibra, August 13, 2017. /LARRY ASEGO
Opposition leader Raila Odinga surrounded by supporters during a rally in Kamukunji grounds, Kibra, August 13, 2017. /LARRY ASEGO

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has asked his supporters not to go to work on Monday saying he will make a major announcement on Tuesday.

"Kesho hakuna kazi kwa sababu Jumanne tutatangaza mwelekeo ... Leo sitaki kusema mengi ... nitaongea kesho kutwa."

"Tomorrow there will be no work because on Tuesday we will announce the way forward. I don't want to say too much today, I will speak on Tuesday," he told supporters at Kamukunji grounds on Tuesday amid cheers.

Noting that the police brutality on the Kibera residents was unacceptable, Raila said the officers should treat the residents as part of Kenya and not kill them.

Raila claimed that the government had planned to rig the 2017 general election and murder his supporters.

Siaya senator-elect James Orengo told the more than 1,000 charged residents that they need to keep peace ahead of the announcement.

"All we want is peace, then justice will come later. Leave the people of Kibra alone ... Kibra is part of Kenya ... [acting Interior CS Fred] Matiang'i alisema Kenya yote kuna amani ... Kibra is in Kenya, let our people go," he said.

Orengo said they will make sure that they show Kenyans how the election was stolen.

The Opposition team is expected to visit family of 10-year-old girl shot dead during protests in Mathare on Saturday.

This is the first time Raila has spoken after he was trounced in the elections by President Uhuru Kenyatta during Tuesday's elections.

IEBC on Friday declared the incumbent winner of the presidential poll by 1.4 million votes.

Angry protests erupted in opposition strongholds in Nairobi and Kisumu areas as the counting of votes continued, but the IEBC said the election had been free and fair.

Kenya was largely quiet on Sunday following violence in the aftermath of elections, as Raila came under growing international pressure to concede defeat.

International observers said Tuesday's election was largely fair but Odinga disputes the results, saying it was rigged. He has not provided documentary evidence.

There have been at least 24 deaths in election-related unrest, a rights group said on Saturday.

Read: Pressure grows on Raila to concede election defeat

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