I Will Not Quit Politics-Raila
Opposition leader Raila Odinga yesterday dismissed calls by his rivals in Jubilee for him to retire from politics, saying he would only do so on his own time and terms.Read Also:Police Killed Over 30 During Demos,Human Right Groups Claim
Raila was addressing a public rally in Nairobi’s Kawangware estate after attending a church service at Gatina PAG Church, where he visited to calm NASA supporters after two days of running battles with their Jubilee rivals and the police.He said he would remain on the political scene for the foreseeable future.
The opposition leader, said he will not bow to pressure from President Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto to quit politics saying that good governance of a state can not be determined by how old you are.
“Political transition can not be determined by age.Those in Jubilee asking me to retire from politics due to my age age have no basis to do so.”
Raila added that someone’s reasoning and agenda is what matters,not the age. “I will not retire because Uhuru or Ruto have said. I will retire when I want and after accomplishing my dream. Someone’s agenda is very important and that is why we (NASA) have a proper agenda for Kenya, by getting it out of poverty so that the youth and women get jobs.”See Also:No Dialogue With Raila,The Ballot Will Tell It All-UhuRuto
The MoU entered by the NASA coalition partners, Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya), and Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Raila was to serve as a one-term President had they won the August 8 General Election.
President Uhuru Kenyatta defeated Raila in the August 8 election, but the former Prime Minister moved to the Supreme Court, which nullified Uhuru’s victory and ordered a fresh election, which was conducted last Thursday as he stayed out of the race.
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has yet to declare the final results, but legally it has until Wednesday to do so.
Opposition chief is expected to make a major announcement today on his next political move.
Raila announced a raft of issues that will partly be part of his political journey ahead last week , which included turning the opposition outfit NASA into a resistance movement, pushing for a fresh presidential election within 90 days, and boycotting products and services of firms viewed as supportive of the Jubilee regime.
In his speech at Kawangware, Raila warned that the coalition will not allow Jubilee to militarize politics and lead Kenya “with the gun.”
He added that President Uhuru has resorted to the “bullet” by deploying heavily armed security officers to NASA strongholds in the election “after being rejected”,adding that the police officers have continuously been storming villages shooting aimlessly at our people instead of staying in police stations.Also Read:7 Steps of Effectively Dealing with Office Gossip
Citing police brutality and killings in the opposition strongholds in Homa Bay, Migori, Siaya, Bungoma, Machakos, Nairobi’s slum areas of Kawangware, Kibra, Mathare, among other regions,NASA leader condemned Jubilee for careless killings on the people.
He did not spare Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chaired by Wafula Chebukati,as he said it is taking too long to release the fresh presidential election results, unlike the case at the August 8 General Election.
Raila maintained that voter turnout in Thursday’s repeat poll was 3.5 million, faulting IEBC’s figure of more than 6 million voters who cast the ballot in the election boycotted by NASA supporters.Also See:Agakhan University GSMC launches MA in Digital Media
He said that it is shameful that the election has taken three days without declaring the winner even when they had no major competitor compared to August 8 election which took lesser time to be announced.
Rescheduled Saturday polls where Kenyans did not have a chance to vote failed to take place, but this was once again postponed.
Besides Uhuru,other candidates who took part in the repeat poll were Third Way Alliance’s Ekuru Aukot,Cyrus Jirongo of United Democratic Party,Abduba Dida (Alliance for Real Change) and independents Michael Wainaina,Joseph Nyaga and Japeth Kavinga.