So Sad UN embarrasses Raila, turns down request to audit polls

So Sad UN embarrasses Raila, turns down request to audit polls


The National Super Alliance (NASA) chief Raila Odinga continues to fights his battles alone especially after being snubbed by the international community in his efforts to have President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in August 8 polls cancelled.

Even before Uhuru was announced the winner of the hotly contested race, Raila who was seeking presidency a record fourth time, came out to dispute the results (preliminary) saying the election had been stolen from him yet again and made it clear that seeking court redress was not an option.

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He explicitly requested the UN to carry out a full audit of the outcome as declared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

According to Raila, the 2017 presidential election was a ‘sham’ even as international observers lauded the Wafula Chebukati-led team for a job well done.

We will show the kind of charade that the world has been treated to. What we want is the UN to appoint a team of experts to help us with the analysis of the results,” Raila said during an interview with the Financial Times on Sunday, August 13.

The UN has come out to respond to Raila’s request saying it will not be part of such a deal.

A report by the Nation says the international body has communicated to Raila asking him to follow the constitution and going to court.

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said through a spokesman on Monday, August 14, that the Opposition leader ought to follow the right channels and take his grievances to the relevant constitutionally mandated institutions.

Raila is however adamant and says he will not go to the Supreme Court which is the only route laid out by the law in solving such electoral disputes.

The UN also noted that it is also keenly following the Nasa leader’s next move including an announcement he is set to make today (Wednesday, August 16).


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