For his part, Raila Odinga is determined not to concede and talks to the press daily. Yesterday he said President Kibaki was a "dictator," saying he was better than Ugandan despot Idi Amin for "stealing" the election from Kenyans. Today he told reporters that he predicted that the death toll would rise to at least 250 people.
Odinga is calling for a million protesters to attend a mass rally on Thursday in Nairobi, demanding that Kibaki step down. But the government has already declared the rally illegal, which could lead to Odinga's arrest, causing more bloodshed.
HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS CRITICIZE KENYA Human rights organizations have also expressed alarm at the Kenyan government's recent actions. Immediately after President Kibaki's swearing in Sunday evening, the government imposed a ban on all local broadcasts, and warned stations not to air any footage that could be seen as "inciting or alarming," or they would be shut down.
The order has no deadline. The most accurate footage of happenings around the country can now be seen primarily on foreign news programs such as the BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera. Press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders issued a statement condemning the ban, calling it a black out on local media.
"The news blackout could result in the streets being ruled by rumor and disinformation," it said. "This decision is therefore counter-productive, inasmuch as it constitutes a de facto ban on all news programs, it imposes a climate of intimidation and plunges the country into confusion." The group is calling on the government to work with media executives and editors to left the ban. The head of Kenya's Media Council, which regulates the press, also called the ban "draconian."
Amnesty international is calling for an investigation of police activity during the unrest. The human rights organization says it's concerned about reports of police shoot-to-kill orders and the large number of bodies being brought into morturaries around the country with bullet wounds. Erwin van der Borght, Amnesty International's Africa Programme Director said that, "Those responsible for human rights abuses should be brought to justice without undue delay." He called for an independent investigation into police abuses and said that any security force crack down on peaceful protesters is in violation of international law. " …the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly… are guaranteed by Kenya's Constitution and the international human rights treaties to which Kenya is a party," said van der Bor.
International media has also condemned the election results and the government's behavior. An editorial in the U.K. newspaper "The Daily Telegraph" today called for President Kibaki to be treated as any other African dictator and face sanctions and expulsion from the British common wealth.
A spokesman for the Kenyan government was not available for comment.