International Updates: Kenya’s Election, Floods in Nigeria

Kenya: Roila Odinga Rejects Presidential Election Results

Kenya has wrapped up presidential elections announcing William Ruto winner.
Following the announcement, BBC reports that Raila Odinga has rejected the results of Kenya’s election saying that the figures announced on Monday were “null and void”.
According to the official results, Mr Odinga narrowly lost to Deputy President William Ruto.
Mr Odinga accused the head of the electoral body of a “blatant disregard of the constitution”.
“We totally without reservation reject the presidential election results,” he said.

Reuters picks up the story to report that his first comments on the result came after four of the seven election commissioners said they stood by their decision a day earlier to disown figures announced by electoral commission chairman Wafula Chebukati.

The dramatic series of events has raised fears of violence similar to what followed disputed polls in East Africa’s richest country in 2007 when more than 1,200 people were killed and again in 2017 when more than 100 people died.

Nigeria: Torrential Rains Brin Havoc

At least 50 people have died and ”
many displaced after recent torrential rains caused flooding in northern Nigeria.

This information was confirmed by Sani Yusuf, executive secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) for Jigawa State according was to CNN.

“When you go around [Jigawa State], we lost about 50 people to the flood,” Yusuf told local media reporters.

The floods come after days of severe thunderstorms which have prompted flash flooding warnings from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency.

Many parts of Jigawa are vulnerable to flooding after rainstorms. Earlier in August, around seven people died and dozens of buildings were destroyed following flooding from heavy rains in seven districts in the northeastern Nigerian state.

Chad: Two Soldiers Fall in Battle line

Two Chadian troops have been killed fighting jihadists in the Lake Chad region, whose marshlands are a bolthole for Islamist fighters, President Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno said Monday.
“Our brave forces have just repelled an attack by the shadowy Boko Haram sect in the Bol area,” 300 kilometers (180 miles) from the capital N’Djamena, he said on Twitter.
“Two soldiers fell while carrying out their duty,” he said, adding that “about 10 terrorists also died.”
An insurgency by Boko Haram jihadists erupted in northeastern Nigeria in 2009 before spreading to neighboring Cameroon, Niger, and Chad, which border the lake.

Compiled by Bruno Ndonwie Funwie

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