Jaramogi Oginga Odinga

 

Kenya ruling party scoffs at opposition victory claims

Helen Nyambura-Mwaura, Katie Nguyen

Kenya's opposition claimed victory on Saturday in a presidential vote after official figures gave their candidate a four-percentage point lead over President Mwai Kibaki on three-quarters of the count. Delays announcing the results ignited deep ethnic tensions as youths wielding machetes fought, looted and burned homes in opposition strongholds.

Media: President Kibaki losing Kenya vote

Daniel Wallis, George Obulutsa

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki trailed his main rival on Friday in the race to lead East Africa's biggest economy for the next five years, according to early tallies by local media. Partial results from three main television stations all gave opposition challenger Raila Odinga a strong lead over his former ally.