If Odinga was Ugandan, he’d be under house arrest-Basalirwa

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Jeema party president and lawyer, Asuman Basalirwa, believes if Raila Odinga was a Uganda, he would now be under house arrest on President Yoweri Museveni’s orders.

The former Kenyan Prime Minister lost August elections to incumbent President, Uhuru Kenyatta. He has since called for a no return to work, urging Kenyans to mourn those killed by security forces.

He also accuses Kenyatta and his jubilee government of rigging the elections and denying him the deserved victory.

According to Basalirwa, calling for workers to boycott work today would have earned Odinga a “house arrest” had he been born in Uganda.

“If Odinga was in Uganda, he would be under house arrest,” Basalirwa said on Monday while appearing on NBS TV “morning breeze” programme.

“You remember when Mbabazi was obstructed by police,” he added, citing the case of former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, who was harassed by security for daring stand against Museveni.

Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, who was appearing on the same show, shrugged off Mbabazi as a loser, saying police harassment actually gave the former NRM secretary general some mileage.

But Basalirwa says he is not surprised that Museveni rushed to congratulate Kenyatta even when opposition raised an alarm over a compromised tallying process.

“For me, it is not a surprise. Uganda and Kenya under, Uhuru Kenyatta and Museveni, have been enjoying good diplomatic relations,” he said, adding, “So for me, it wasn’t a surprise that President Museveni congratulated Uhuru Kenyatta.”

Basalirwa, however, appreciated the fact that coalition politics in Kenya has evolved. They become stronger each election.

“The two (Kizza Besigye and Raila) are different; they are all operating under different political terrain.”

He said the question being put to observers is; whereas they gave a clean bill of elections, why didn’t they address the tallying process?

“If there are concerns that were not adequately addressed, it raises questions in the election results. Unlike us here, Kenyans are not constrained by time when it comes to sorting election disputes.”

He said in Uganda, the mandate given to election observer mission is limited. It’s either too wide or narrow.

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