Raila rules out negotiations with Uhuru

Written By: Margaret Kalekye

The Opposition leader spoke to CNN

Opposition leader Raila Odinga now says his coalition will announce the next plan of action on Monday if President Uhuru Kenyatta is declared president.

In an interview with American broadcaster CNN, the NASA leader said the only negotiation he can have with President Kenyatta is on holding a fresh and credible election within 90 days.

Raila who spoke after the Thursday’s repeat presidential election said he will make his stand known on his next plan of action but ruled out street protests.

Asked about his new outfit of the National Resistance Movement and whether it is a military wing, the opposition leader said on the contrary it will pursue peaceful resistance.

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“We’re going to do peaceful resistance, not through demonstrations but through other methods that we’re going to announce on Monday” he said.

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He dismissed the repeat fresh election as a sham describing it as a vote of no confidence to the Jubilee administration.

“This is just a sham because hardly 25 percent of the people turned up to vote. But according to the KIEMS kits, which were used to biometrically identify the voters, only 3.5 million people participated in the voting.That is just about 20 per cent of the total registered voters” the NASA leader said.

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Raida defended his move to pull out of the race saying there was no level playing ground for the exercise.

“We demanded of the IEBC to level the playing field so that we don’t go for the repeat of what happened on August 8, They refused. So, we had therefore no other choice but to pull out of this exercise” he added.

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He said they will use all legal means to put pressure to the government to step aside including civil disobedience.

“We are going to use the legal means. As you know, our Constitution allows for picketing, for striking, for peaceful processions, for protesting and so on, and for boycott.” He added so, we have several other means which are legal and constitutional at our disposal, which we will bring into play to put pressure on this government.









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