Five-times presidential candidate Raila Odinga has on 12th September revealed that he will not be attending the inauguration ceremony of William Ruto, set to happen on Tuesday 13th September 2022.
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The former prime minister in regards to the matter stated that he is on a vacation outside the country, in a bid to take a break from politics.
Raila Odinga stated that Azimio la Umoja will soon lay out the path of the coalition as it strives to strengthen democracy in the country. He said that Azimio la Umoja would soon announce its next steps.
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Mr. Odinga in a statement said that he believed that the IEBC and William Ruto conspired to deny him his rightful win, and that the Supreme Court led by CJ Martha Koome did not rule the case based on facts and law.
“For these reasons, the outcome of the election remains indeterminate. Once I return to the country, I will jointly with Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition leaders, announce our next steps as we seek to deepen and strengthen democracy”, he said.”
In the petition verdict delivered by the Supreme court, the seven judges unanimously ruled against Raila Odinga, stating that the 9 petitions filed did not have solid proof. The allegations were termed as ‘Hot Air’ and the Apex Court proceeded to uphold William Ruto’s win, that was declared by IEBC boss Wafula Chebukati.
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Martha Karua’s thoughts?
Martha Karua, on the same matter also stated that despite respecting the Judiciary, she does not agree with the verdict made by it. She stated that several occurrences that happened during the election period did not make sense to her.
“Nairobi ambayo inatajwa ni yao, ndio gavana ni wao, lakini majority of MCAs ni Azimio…kura nyingi za Nairobi za President zilikuwa ni Azimio…hiyo mahesabu haziingiani. Kwa hivyo siwezi nikaamini tulishindwa, lakini kwa sababu korti imetoa amri, Kenya iendelee kulingana na vile korti iliona. Hiyo ndio rule of law na democracy,” she stated.
“Lakini kuvunjika kwa mwiko sio mwisho wa upishi…hakuna mahali ingine tunaweza kuenda kubishana kiti ya urais, lakini tunaweza peleka mahali pengine ndio tuelewe kweli korti yetu ilitupatia haki. Sasa sio mambo ya uchaguzi, mambo ya haki, vile nilienda wakati ule mwingine.”