Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, has no kind words for former Kenya Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, who just lost the August election to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Speaking on Sunday, Raila urged Kenyans not to return to work on Monday citing the deaths which he blamed on Kenyatta’s death squads. He accused the jubilee government of rigging the August polls.
But Opondo believes that since leaders congratulated Uhuru Kenyatta, then he is the legitimate president.
“Elections in Kenya gave anyone sensible an insight of who was going to win. The laws in Kenya declared Uhuru Kenyatta president and leaders around the world had to congratulate him,” Opondo said Monday morning while appearing on NBS TV “morning breeze” programme.
He added: “We don’t run the world according to social media. If we ran Uganda according to social media, we wouldn’t do anything.”
Opondo laughed off Odinga’s call for no return to work, saying as a businessman, the defeated presidential candidate should allow workers in his sugar factory to boycott work.
“He is acting a bad loser.”
Opondo says he has been a representative for President Yoweri Museveni since 2001 and has been interfacing with election observer missions.
He said there are two categories of missions; the short stay observer missions and long stay observer missions.
“Long stay observer missions always do good jobs and others do superficial jobs; that’s where we have a disagreement.”
In a surprising correlation, Opondo likened Odinga to former Ugandan Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi.
“Mbabazi was a false candidate on the word go,” Opondo said.
“It wasn’t necessary to obstruct him. Police helped in giving him mileage,” he added.
Mbabazi, like Odinga, also contested against President Museveni in 2016 elections under his Go Forward banner and lost miserably.
He has since ebbed from the Ugandan political scene.
In his conclusive remarks, Opondo advocated for constitutional reforms in Uganda as a way forward.
“From my perspective, we certainly need constitutional reforms and most importantly administrative and electoral reforms,” he said.