Raila Odinga Pulls Out of Kenya’s Repeat Presidential Election
Kenya’s main opposition leader Raila Odinga has withdrawn from the October 26 presidential election re-run.
Odinga, the National Super Alliance flag-bearer also announced that his running mate, Kalonzo Musyoka will equally not take part in the scheduled election, Daily Nation writes.
Kenya’s Supreme Court had annulled the result of the original 8 August poll, declaring it “neither transparent or verifiable” despite the electoral commission declaring incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta the winner.
“After deliberating on our position in respect of the upcoming election, considering the interests of the people of Kenya, the region and the world at large, we believe that all will be best served by Nasa vacating its presidential candidature in the election scheduled for 26 October 2017,” Mr Odinga said on Tuesday.
“We have come to the conclusion that there is no intention from IEBC to make sure that the irregularities and illegalities witnessed before do not happen again.”
He accused the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of “stonewalling” deliberations to have credible repeat elections.
“We have come to the conclusion that there is no intention on the part of the IEBC to undertake any changes to its operations and personnel to ensure that the “illegalities and irregularities” that led to the invalidation of the 8th August, 2008 do not happen again.
“All indications are that the election scheduled for 26 October will be worse than the previous one,” he said.
The former PM accused President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy, William Ruto of planning “to overthrow our new constitutional order and re-install the old order.”