I’ll not quit politics, declares Raila

National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga yesterday said he will retire at his own time without pressure from any quarters. Speaking to supporters in Kawangware shortly after attending a church service yesterday at PAG Gatina Church, the Opposition leader told off President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto for using his age to discredit him despite his development agenda.

“I have heard that Jubilee leaders are now using my age to question my agenda but one thing is for sure, I am neither of their parents’ age and that means I will retire when I want to, and not because Uhuru or Ruto said I am too old to retire,” said Raila.

He argued that he is popular countrywide adding that President Uhuru and his deputy are using “force to rule”. Addressing Kawangware residents later, Raila who was visiting following the chaos that rocked the area on Friday, Raila further vowed not to recognise Uhuru as president, terming the repeat presidential poll a sham.

He equated the Jubilee administration to the late Uganda President Idi Amin’s dictatorial regime and alleged that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEBC) had resorted to increase votes for the President even after the commission’s boss Wafula Chebukati had claimed that only 6.5 million people had voted. According to Nasa legislators, Uhuru garnered 3.5 million votes in the repeat poll with a 20 per cent voter turnout.

“Uhuru was in the race alone but the numbers at Bomas are very wanting. We know that only 3.5 million of his supporters voted but seemingly, he is competing against the voter turnout,” stated Raila.

Raila, who pulled out of last Thursday repeat presidential election over credibility issues, hinted about removing the electoral agency officials and conduct another fresh poll in 90 days.

Accompanied by Women’s Representatives Esther Pasarris and Gladys Wanga, Members of Parliament Millie Odhiambo, Chris Wamalwa, Aisha Jumwa and lawyer Edwin Sifuna among others, Raila urged his supporters to maintain peace as they await his big announcement today.

While strongly condemning the killings that occurred in Kawangware on Friday that left three people dead and injuring others after two rival groups clashed, the Nasa leader said they were politically orchestrated, accusing the Jubilee government of militarising politics and using force on his supporters who boycotted the repeat election.

Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo told their supporters that the journey to Canaan is still on course. “Kenyans want justice, not to be ruled by force and despite the killings, we will push harder.

The road to Canaan is still on course. Kenya needs a selfless leader to deal with tribalism, which Jubilee cannot solve,” she said. They decried use of brutal force and vowed to pursue the conviction of the Independent Police Oversight Authority (Ipoa) bosses over the killings.

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