Kenyatta ‘happy’ with Odinga’s withdrawal from repeat election

The Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that he has no problem with the decision of the country’s opposition leader, Raila Odinga to withdraw from the repeat presidential election.

Raila Odinga on Tuesday announced his decision to withdraw from the October 26 presidential re-run election. The leader of the National Super Alliance (NASA) said that his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka will also not take part in the repeat election.

Kenya’s Supreme Court nullified the August 8 Presidential election won by the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, faulting the election commission for not following due process in the conduct of the elections.

Repeat election was to be held on October 26, but Mr. Odinga and his party have insisted that they will not be participating in the elections if reforms do not take place within the electoral commission.

On Tuesday, Mr. Odinga told a press conference that “After deliberating on our position in respect of the upcoming election, considering the interests of the people of Kenya, the region and the world at large, we believe that all will be best served by Nasa vacating its presidential candidature in the election scheduled for 26 October 2017.”

President Kenyatta said the October 26 election will continue as schedule and as ordered by the Supreme Court.

Mr Kenyatta according to local media said while Mr Odinga has a right to pull out of the election, “he should know that Kenyans have a right to choose their leaders”.

But the president called Odinga’s withdrawal an “injustice” since millions of dollars have been spent on the repeat poll already.

“That money would have been used to build roads,” Kenyatta said during a campaign in Voi.



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