Raila suing Uhuru over poll fraud, making Kenya banana republic

12
1998
Presidential candidate Raila Odinga and other Nasa leaders address the media at Okoa Kenya offices in Nairobi.

National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader, Raila Odinga, has said he will drag the incumbent president, Uhuru Kenyatta, to the Supreme Court to seek redress over the 2017 presidential election result.

At the Okoa Kenya Secretariat in Lavington, Nairobi, on Wednesday, Raila Odinga said the move will give the court an opportunity to redeem itself. Raila said they will produce evidence of rigging.

The Opposition chief said the decision was taken after wider consultations and wider oppression on civil societies.

IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati declared incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta the winner after he garnered 8,203,290 votes against Raila’s 6,762,224.

Raila said NASA will not be part of a plan to turn the country into a “banana republic and playground”. He said if action is not taken, future elections will be a sham.

“Kenyans will not agree to be led by computer-generated leaders. Uhuru wasn’t supposed to be declared as the winner.”

Odinga on Wednesday termed as “computer-generated”, Kenyatta’s victory as declared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

NGOs purge

He said their decision to fight Kenyatta in court was partly informed by the ongoing crackdown on pro-democracy civil societies, including the Africa Centre for Open Governance and Kenya Human Rights Commission.

Their mission in the top court in the land, Odinga said, is to “demonstrate to the whole world the making of a computer-generated president”.

“We will show the world how the figures were cooked and Uhuru Kenyatta declared the winner,” Odinga said.

Source: Daily Nation/The Star

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