Raila Odinga dismisses repeat poll and Uhuru Kenyatta win

Tuesday October 31 2017

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Nasa leaders Raila Odinga (left) and Musalia Mudavadi address the media at Okoa Kenya offices in Nairobi on October 31, 2017. PHOTO | SAMWEL OWINO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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The National Super Alliance (Nasa) has, for the first time since President Kenyatta was re-elected, spoken on October 26 repeat presidential election.

The Raila Odinga-led coalition on Tuesday dismissed the poll as a “fraud” and vowed not to recognise Mr Kenyatta and his government.

DEMOS

Instead, Nasa said it would push for the formation of the People Assembly to run Kenya until a legitimate executive is elected and formed.

“Today we establish People's Assembly to restore democracy in the country,” Mr Odinga said at Okoa Kenya headquarters in Nairobi.

“The People’s Assembly will have the youth, religious leaders, economic interest groups and the civil society.”

Nasa, he said, would present petitions for the establishment of the new outfit to govern Kenya to county assemblies for discussion and adoption.

“The assembly's timetable to be released soon,” he said.

The People’s Assembly, he said, seeks to restore democracy, constitutionalism and the rule of law in the country even as Nasa pushes for another election within 90 days.

EXCLUSION

The People’s Assembly will be a broad-based forum consisting of elected leaders and the leadership of other sectors of the society— workers, civil society, religious leaders, women, youth and economic interest groups.

The six key issues that the assembly will seek to address include the systemic failure of electoral bodies, and the electoral system and the protection and safeguarding devolution.

Others include exclusion and discrimination in the allocation or distribution of public resources, inability of the State to deal with the root causes of political strife— including poverty, unemployment, extreme inequality, economic marginalisation and historical grievances.

In the meantime, Mr Odinga said, Nasa’s resistance wing (NRM) would embark on vigorous pro-democracy campaign through economic boycotts and picketing.

Mr Odinga cast aspersions on the preparation and conduct of the repeat presidential election, saying it fell short of the standards set by poll laws, the Constitution and the Supreme Court.

NUMBERS

He said the poll was not conducted by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEBC) as directed by the apex court.

Instead, he claimed, the government—through county police commanders and Jubilee politicians— ran the show.

He claimed numbers were inflated in several Jubilee strongholds to give Mr Kenyatta a win and create an impression that Kenyans took part in the exercise.

He cited the altercation between Kandara MP Alice Wahome and an IEBC returning officer in Murang'a as proof that Jubilee politicians were calling the shots during the election.

He also referred to an alleged one-hour meeting he held with? Wafula Chebukati in which he claimed the IEBC chairman said he was not ready to hold the poll within 60 days.

TURNOUT

Mr Chebukati, he claimed, promised tell President Kenyatta to either agree to postpone the elections or he would resign.

The Nasa leader also pointed to IEBC’s failure to give turnout of the poll in good time— yet its Kenya Integrated Election Management System (Kiems) gives updates every two hours— as an indicator of fraud.

“IEBC manufactured voter turnout to ensure Uhuru gets more numbers,” he said.

He said Nasa figures shows the turnout was 3.4 million and not 7.6 million as announced by the polls agency.

“This election must not stand as it is a mockery of the democracy that We have fought for... if allowed to stand, it will completely discourage people from choosing their leaders through the ballot,” he said.

LEGITIMACY

Mr Odinga said President Uhuru Kenyatta cannot legitimately and constitutionally exercise authority on behalf of the people since his re-election was not done in compliance with the constitution.

“A president who is elected in an election that does not comply with the constitution cannot legitimately and constitutionally exercise authority on behalf of the people. If the election is allowed to stand, the highest office in the land will be occupied by a person who has usurped power,” Mr Odinga said.

“We in Nasa are resolute that this sham election cannot and will not be allowed to stand.? We will not allow two megalomaniacs to destroy the dream of freedom and democracy that generations have sacrificed and worked so hard for.? We shall see to it that we conduct a free, fair and credible presidential election as ordered by the Supreme Court,” he added.


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