Raila Odinga withdraws from October 26 repeat presidential election

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Opposition leader and National Super Alliance flag-bearer Raila Odinga has quit the October 26 repeat presidential election.

Mr Odinga who made the announcement on Tuesday said that his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka has also withdrawn from the repeat election.

“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,” said Mr Odinga.

Mr Odinga said that his coalition has been calling for a free and fair election held in conformity with the Constitution but he does not believe that will happen.

“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 said.

He accused the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of “stonewalling” deliberations to have a 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.

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“All indications are that the election scheduled for 26 October will be worse than the previous one,” he said.

He castigated President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Jubilee Party for pushing for election laws changes saying the move shows that it had no intention of competition on a level playing field.

“The only election Jubilee administration is interested in is one that it must win, even unlawfully,” he said.

He accused Mr Uhuru and his Deputy William Ruto of “intend to overthrow our new constitutional order and re-install the old order” boasting of having majority in the National Assembly and Senate.

Mr Odinga also said that there was some foreigners who are siding with Jubilee.

“It is unfortunate that international actors who have supported Kenyans in their quest for democracy and good governance are now on the side of appeasing dictatorship in the mistaken belief that it will maintain stability,” he said.

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