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Do not give up, Raila tells supporters

The National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga yesterday said the campaign for reforms had just began and called on his supporters not to surrender the fight for political space and democracy.

Raila also reiterated his vow not to recognise President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in the August 8 poll and the October 26 repeat election and urged his supporters not to be subdued by police brutality.

Speaking at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega when he attended the opening match of the Confederation of East and Central Africa football Association (Cecafa) pitting Harambee Stars and Amavubi of Rwanda, the former Prime Minister accused the police of brutalising his supporters during protests.

The opposition leader claimed police had killed at least 215 people, most of them Nasa supporters, in the past three months in a scheme allegedly designed to instill fear among his supporters.

He claimed 18 Nasa supporters were killed in Nairobi by police or State agents during his home coming from a tour of the US and Europe last month.

But the police said only five people died when they were stoned by angry crowds during the chaos.

Manipulated

Comparing politics to football where the winner and loser shake hands after a match, Raila said he did not concede defeat because he believed both the August 8 and the  fresh October 26 presidential elections had  been manipulated in favour of Jubilee.

He called on his supporters to guard the country from descending into a dictatorship, adding that the National Resistance Movement(NRM) aims to ensure the Constitution is not violated.

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