Why Raila wants Uhuru to resign from presidency soonest

Says he should not be running against criminals

Raila Odinga
NASA leader Raila Odinga addresses journalists at a past press conference. PHOTO: KBC

The Opposition wants President Uhuru Kenyatta to do the noble thing and resign, following the infighting at the independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission after more rot was unearthed in the bungled presidential election.

Early this month, the Supreme Court returned a bombshell of a verdict, it declared the August 8 poll invalid, null and void citing widespread irregularities and illegalities.

Supreme Court judges
Chief Justice and president of the Supreme Court David Maraga (C) with fellow judges (from L) Jackton Ojwang’, Philomena Mwilu, Mohamed Ibrahim at the hearing of the presidential election petition at the Supreme Court in Nairobi on August 28, 2017. PHOTO: JACK OWUOR/THE STAR

The National Super Alliance presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, said on Friday, September 8 that his coalition, Supreme Court and a leaked memo by IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati showed consistency in criminal activities by officials in the electoral body to rig the disputed poll.

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“You [Uhuru] cannot impose yourself on the Kenyan people and we know what you are doing to influence the outcome of the upcoming repeat poll,” Raila noted.

On Thursday, Kenyans were treated to a circus at IEBC after a memo authored by Chebukati and sent to CEO Ezra Chiloba leaked to the media, it revealed how the integrity of the last month’s poll was compromised.

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“I shouldn’t be competing with these people because they belong in jail,” Raila told journalists at the Okoa Kenya offices on Thursday, after meeting Nasa leaders from the country’s grassroot.

“If they [UhuRuto] did not steal the election, they would not be running here and there insulting innocent people,” Raila added.

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He went on to tell the Jubilee administration to stop intimidating officials of the poll body as they demand political favours.

“We even know several officials at the IEBC have received threats and their security was temporarily withdrawn after they raised questions on how the IEBC conducted itself in the last polls,” Raila said.

He told his supporters that justice and good governance don’t just happen but ‘Canaan’ is unstoppable.