Supporters of the National Super Alliance have been rubbed the wrong way by foreign news publisher The Economist over a story published on its website.
The headline ‘Raila Odinga takes a gamble by threatening to boycott Kenya’s election’ has specifically ruffled a few feathers making Raila Odinga’s Twitter warriors come out with all manner of weapons blazing.
This is coming barely a day after Opposition leader, Raila Odinga, ‘withdrew‘ from the October 26 election saying the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, an independent institution mandated by the Constitution to run elections, has refused to implement his raft of changes.
According to the article by Economist, it is obvious Raila was hoping to arm-twist the Judiciary into cancelling the poll and forcing a nomination which would push ahead the election which was ordered by the Supreme Court in 60 days’ time. That would have automatically plunged Kenya into a constitutional crisis with no immediate solution in sight.
“It had already been clear for several weeks that Mr Odinga did not plan to contest the election. His coalition of parties, the National Super Alliance (NASA), had been running a bare-bones campaign. The candidate himself had made plans to travel to Britain and possibly America two weeks before the vote—prime campaigning time—presumably to drum up international support for his withdrawal,” the writer said.
Adding: “Mr Odinga seems to be hoping that by standing down he will force the courts to halt the election altogether and order a new one in the future after the parties have nominated new candidates.”
The piece goes on to say that the ex-Prime Minister’s options are fast running out as his threats to subliminally threaten chaos is not sustainable.
“By walking away, Mr Odinga seems to be gambling on his ability to threaten chaos to push Mr Kenyatta to negotiate. But the trouble with that strategy is that Mr Odinga is running out of money.. And although protests occasionally gum up the centre of Nairobi, even his most partisan supporters will not stay on the streets indefinitely.”
Here’s what supporters of Raila Odinga said on Twitter via #TheEconomistLies hashtag:
Lord Mutai (@ItsMutai): With all fairness Raila Odinga cannot participate in an election without rules, with only one agenda: To coronate Uhuru!
D I K E M B E (@Disembe): @RailaOdinga withdrawing from the presidential race is not a GAMBLE. It is a DEMONSTRATION of his faith in rule of law.
Hassan (@HassanGarat1): The Aga Khan, Murdochs, Rothschilds have all embedded their journalist with Kenyatta’s team to propagate the lies.
The future (@saokefuture): @TheEconomist am your frequent reader but I think you need to get your facts right on the realities of Kenya’s elections.
J O E L (@thomjoel): #TheEconomistLies focus on your crisis in europe.stop forcing a dictator on Kenyans.
Mkenya Halisi Daima (@VictorWereh): Foreigh corespondents, what do they do in this country apart from swagering around in expensive cars cooking stories.
Oluoch (@owuorgpo): You can be used to propagate lies but we remain committed to a better kenya. We don’t care about your piece @TheEconomist.