Why i accepted the election loss~Raila Odinga

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, for the first time, opened up on how the infamous press conference by dissenting IEBC commissioners forced him to accept the election outcome.  

Speaking during a thanksgiving event at a Safari Park on Thursday, September 29, Raila disclosed that he was wary of the nation plunging into chaos after IEBC vice chairperson, Juliana Cherera and her colleagues, Irene Masit, Francis Wanderi and Justus Nyang’aya opposed the presidential results. 

Raila referred to a similar 2010 event in Ivory Coast where the election body chairperson announced results in a hurry after differing with juniors. Ivory Coast witnessed post-election skirmishes that saw former president, Laurent Gbagbo, accused of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC). 

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In Kenya, IEBC chairperson, Wafula Chebukati also declared William Ruto as president-elect at Bomas of Kenya while his deputy rejected the results at a parallel press conference, nearly following the same trajectory. 

Raila recounted how he witnessed the aftermath of the Ivory Coast skirmishes having been appointed to serve as a mediator between the warring factions.

“That member of the Ivory commission (who tore the results) was acting on behalf of the then President who had lost the election. The chairman of the electoral body went to a secret location and announced the results then left the country in a quagmire.

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“Close to one million lives were lost. I was appointed by the African Union to go and meditate in that conflict,” he stated.

Azimio la Umoja troops have maintained that they won the presidential vote despite the Supreme Court upholding Ruto’s victory. 

The apex court trimmed Chebukati’s powers, ruling that he does not have unilateral powers to verify and declare presidential results – a decision Azimio termed as double standards given his declaration of Ruto as the president-elect was upheld.

“The Court finds that there was a boardroom rupture and that the Commission has to act in unison, but curiously says there is no evidence of a violation of the Constitution.

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