Raila calls for demonstrations to stop presidential elections

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Raila Odinga

By Jeff Mwaura, jeff@alleastafrica.com

NAIROBI –  Opposition leader Raila Odinga has called on his supporters countrywide to hold demonstrations on Tuesday and Wednesday to stop the repeat presidential election from taking place on Thursday.

Odinga also claimed that a batch of ballot papers have already been printed by a local firm and distributed to favour his rival Jubilee Party.

“We cannot go to the poll again when things have not been properly rectified. Already the rigging plot is in place. We know that votes have already been printed and have been distributed. We are not fools,” Odinga was quoted by the Daily Nation.

Odinga, who was on Sunday addressing rallies in Trans Nzoia County insisted that the Nasa coalition will not participate in the October 26 election whose outcome, he said, has already been decided in favour Jubilee Party’s Uhuru Kenyatta.

He said the ballot papers were printed secretly in Nairobi by a private company and that he has evidence to show Kenyans.

 “We have evidence to show Kenyans that what is going to take place on Thursday in the name of an election is a total sham. The outcome is already decided,” he was quoted by the Daily Nation.

IEBC has begun dispatching ballot papers to various polling stations across the country.

The first batch destined for 10 counties farthest from Nairobi and the diaspora landed in Nairobi on Saturday night.

Two other consignments are expected to arrive on Monday and Tuesday.

After the church service, Mr Odinga addressed hundreds of his supporters at Kiminini centre and urged IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati ‘to be man enough’ and not oversee the repeat poll.

Mr Odinga said the protests will resume Tuesday and Wednesday and he urged his supporters to come out for demonstrations where he will make a major announcement.

“We will protest on Tuesday and Wednesday and on Thursday there will be no election,” he said.

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  1. Subject: “Raila calls for demonstrations to stop presidential elections”, by Jeff Mwaura, Oct 23, 2017

    Commentary, 23 Oct 2017
    ‘calling for demonstration to stop election’ !!!

    It is very frightening.
    It is very possible a catastrophe can be ignited.
    Tribal emotion can easily be sparked beyond control: Kikuyu vs Luo.
    And that will be the GREATEST TRAGEDY that KENYA would stumble upon.

    IT MUST BE PREVENTED.
    First and foremost the responsibility and obligation to intervene rests upon AFRICA, and AFRICA ONLY . In this sense, the AFRICAN UNION has the Historical responsibility and obligation to intervene BEFORE THE ELECTION DAY – just two days away!!!

    It would have been appropriate also to expect the AFRICAN INTELLECTUALS to be a possible instrument to play a role in the danger looming ahead. But in view of their shameful history of non-participants in the affairs of Africa, there is little hope of them to get together to save Africa.

    But FORTUNATELY there is the NEWS MEDIA who can and – for sure is ready — to help in bringing down the ‘temperature’ of the election atmosphere so that the Kenyan people could proceed in the most difficult and controversial ELECTION , with grace and discipline. It can be done – for the benefit of AFRICA, in totality.

    MY BEST WISHES TO THE GOOD PEOPLE OF KENYA —and to all of us AFRICANS, in totality.

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