On Wednesday, August 16, the National Super Alliance (NASA) led by its leader, Raila Odinga, broke its silence, making the much-awaited ‘major announcement’ after keeping Kenyans waiting for days.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta the duly elected President of the August 8 elections but Raila who came second, cried foul saying the poll was rigged, that the IEBC server was compromised.
Even before IEBC called the election, when it was streaming the provisional results of the presidential race, the former Prime Minister Even vowed he will not accept the final tally and also swore to never go to court.
That narrative however changed with just days left before the presidential petition window closes on Friday, August 18.
Raila on Sunday, August 13, had told his supporters that he would give them direction on the matter on Tuesday, August 15, but pushed back the major announced by a day. Come Wednesday, Raila said he had decided to go to the Supreme Court following wide consultations.
During the live press conference however, key personalities in Nasa among them principals were not present even as rumours of disagreement within the coalition on the way forward following the loss, persist.
Musalia Mudavadi who emceed the event said Bungoma Senator and Nasa co-principal Moses Wetangula was in Western. The Senator successfully bid for his reelection.
Also missing since losing his seat was Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto who was also reportedly “out of town”. The Nasa co-principal was trounced by his Jubilee Party rival Joyce Laboso. He is yet to concede publicly.
Vocal Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho was among the fiercest defender of Raila during electioneering and he was also absent even as word went round that he is out of the country. Joho floored his opponents to retain governorship and is said to be Zanzibar.
Present though was Kalonzo Musyoka who was Raila’s running mate in the polls but didn’t speak at the presser where Zipo.co.ke established the journalists were not given the opportunity to ask questions.
Watch Raila make the ‘major announcement’ below: