Kenya’s Presidential Candidate, Raila Amolo Odinga who was defeated in recently held polls says he won’t be attending the country’s new President William Ruto’s Inauguration Ceremony.
A dispatch from Odinga’s Presidential Secretariat signed by Raila himself, admits to have received an official invitation from Dr William Ruto to attend the September 13 event.
Various heads of state are attending the initiation ceremony for Kenya’s fifth President.
President Samia Suluhu is already in Nairobi to attend the event.
“I regret however, that I will not be available for the inauguration because I am out of the country and also have other serious concerns,” writes Odinga.
But apparently he is still bitter with the election results.
“I believe that the Independence Electoral and Boundaries Commission did not conduct a free and fair election,” Raila maintains.
The IEBC is the Kenyan Body in charge of the country’s General Elections.
Following the IEBC announced results, Raila filed a case at the Supreme Court of Kenya contesting the outcome which placed William Ruto in the lead.
Now the defeated Presidential Candidate also has a bone to pick with Kenya’s Supreme Court, which again ruled in favor of Ruto’s Victory.
“I Believe the ruling of the Supreme Court was not based on the facts and the law, even though we accepted it,” Raila Odinga hits on.
The Presidential Candidate adds that for such reasons, the outcome of the August 2022 General Election in Kenya remains ‘Indeterminate.’
But Raila is not done yet either. The Charismatic Politician seems to have a few more cards in his back pockets.
“Once I return to the country, I will, Jointly with ‘Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party leaders, announce our next steps as we seek to deepen and strengthen our Democracy,” he says.
There have been reports that Odinga and Company may result to file another electoral case at the East African Court of Justice in Arusha, Tanzania.
Raila, in his letter, says he wants to reform and transform the key institutions charged with protecting and advancing the country’s democracy.
He then applauded and expressed gratitude to Kenyans and other Supporters who turned out in large numbers to vote for his team.
What Ruto says:
The Fifth President of Kenya has just thanked his Predecessor and former ally, the outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta for the tour and orientation that the latter accorded him at the State House.
Other guests include the Chairperson of the African Union Commission and a delegation from China.
Afterwards Ruto got busy hosting international dignitaries including Presidents of DRC, Rwanda and Mozambique.