Raila Tells Supporters to Remain Peaceful as Azimio Moves to Court
Raila Odinga, the presidential candidate of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance, has urged his supporters to remain calm.
He said Azimio political party prepares to file a petition challenging the outcome of the August 9 presidential elections at the Supreme Court.
He was speaking at his Karen residence on Saturday after a visit from a number of religious leaders.
Odinga stated that the Azimio faction strongly believes that the outcome of the said contest was tampered with, but that the outfit would exercise democracy by seeking legal redress.
“We have decided to move to court because we want to see justice served and peace prevail in our nation.
“We want to know the truth because some of the things that were done by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) prior to the announcement of the presidential polls are very questionable,” said Odinga.
Raila believes it is unusual for high-ranking IEBC officials to disagree on the outcome of the presidential election, referring to the ongoing schism between the electoral body’s chair Wafula Chebukati and Vice Chair Juliana Cherera, as well as commissioners Irene Masit, Justus Nyang’anya, and Francis Wanderi.
“Based on this, it remains unclear who actually won the presidential polls but we don’t want to see chaos on our streets and that’s why we have opted to move to court,” he said.
“I will follow the law and present evidence of the said malpractice before the Supreme Court bench who will then determine the petition.”
Archbishop Martin Kivuva and Bishop Jackson Ole Sapit echoed his sentiments, urging Kenyans to keep the peace and await the Supreme Court’s decision.
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“Looking at what has happened in our country, we have been assured the country is at peace because of their performance in terms of advising the electorate that we need a peaceful country and we can affirm that the Odinga’s family stands for peace,” said Ole Sapit.
“They have decided to pursue truth and justice through the court which is what we have been advocating and crying for. Let us all be patient as they pursue that path.”