Raila: I won the August presidential election
By Peter Ochieng
Azimio La Umoja One Kenya leader Raila Odinga says he won the August 09, 2022, presidential contest.
According to results declared by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati on August 15, 2022, William Ruto won the contest with 7.1 million votes, compared to Odinga’s 6.9 million.
Roots Party’s George Wajackoyah and Agano’s David Mwaure garnered less than 100, 000 votes each. However, in a statement on Friday, Odinga said that he won the presidential contest.
“I have been around with you for long. Millions of you voted for me in the last election. We won that election. Millions of you call me Baba,” said Odinga.
The statement made it clear that the ODM Party leader will hold public consultations in a bid to prevent state capture of public institutions such as the Parliament, the Judiciary and the security department.
“I raise these issues because I have witnessed a dictatorship emerge and bloom. I have witnessed self-proclaimed god-fearing leaders preside over the persecution, false prosecution and even murder of innocent Kenyans. I have witnessed an insecure administration run our economy to the drains.”
He said his protest is not just against the removal from office of four IEBC commissioners who disowned Ruto’s presidential win, but it is about preventing what he termed as rigging the 2027 elections.
“This is not about the four commissioners. This is about the 2027 elections that could go terribly wrong if we let the Ruto administration get away with the fires they are lighting. This is about resisting the capture and emasculation of key institutions that need their independence to stand up for the country when need be.”
He said on the 7th of December, at the historic Kamukunji grounds in Nairobi, he will launch public consultations with the people of Kenya to brainstorm on the direction the country is taking.
“We will return to the Kamukunji grounds on 12th December to continue with these consultations on the state of the Kenyan nation.”
It is not clear whether Odinga will run for the Presidency, in 2027.