Raila’s options after Ruto cornered him – Analyst

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Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga supposedly called for a rally at the famous Kamukunji Grounds on Monday, January 23, after a file by a whistleblower on August 9, 2022, presidential election.

On Saturday, January 21, Odinga’s spokesman Dennis Onyango announced in a statement to newsrooms that the Azimio leader would land at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 11am on Monday, January 23.

“Mr. Odinga is calling on TBEN to come in large numbers to the Kamukunji Baraza for the sake of the country,” said Onyango.

On Friday, January 20, Azimio’s leadership challenged the Election Commission (IEBC) to allow a forensic audit of its servers to dispel claims by a whistleblower that Raila Odinga had won.

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Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka (center) with other Azimio leaders during a media briefing at his office in Karen on January 19, 2023.

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Led by Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and his Narc Kenya counterpart Martha Karua, Azimio hinted that it had demanded full access to the servers during the presidential petition, but was denied by both the court and IEBC.

Azimio cited a document from a whistleblower allegedly working at IEBC showing that Odinga had received 8,170,353 votes (57.3 percent) to Ruto’s 5,915,973 (41.66 percent).

Well speaking TBEN.co.kepolitical analyst Martin Andati called Odinga’s pushback as lethargic and uninspired.

“Raila is looking for relevance after Ruto announced that the previous government was after Chebukati kidnapping, recently they released incredible numbers hinting at an Odinga win, which was unrealistic.

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They are all doing this because they need to respond to Ruto’s attacks in order to maintain their following,” he added.

Andati further noted that the political dynamics in the country had changed and that Ruto had begun to penetrate the opposition’s base.

“Ruto has been there for three months and he has already contacted Odinga bases. Furthermore, the Supreme Court ruled on the August 9 election and its decision was final.”

According to Andati, Raila can only hold rallies as long as they don’t end up destroying people’s property.

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“Ruto will crush the opposition if they want to hold rallies where people’s property is destroyed. T“However, they can hold their rallies as Ruto has advocated strong opposition in the country,” he said.

Odinga has been in South Africa since January 13, holding meetings as the AU High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa.

He also held meetings with government leaders, NGOs and business leaders.

Raila Odinga, High Representative of the African Union for Infrastructure, meets Nardos Bekele, CEO of the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), in Midrand, South Africa.  on January 18, 2023.

Raila Odinga, High Representative of the African Union for Infrastructure, meets Nardos Bekele, CEO of the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), in Midrand, South Africa. on January 18, 2023.

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