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Karua opts to play golf, not attending Ruto’s swearing-in fete

By Kevin Cheruiyot September 13th, 2022 2 min read

The Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition running mate in the concluded election Ms Martha Karua snubbed the inauguration of the 5th President of Kenya.

Ms Karua, through a photo posted on her social media accounts, said that she was spending her morning hours playing golf.

This comes as Kenyans filled the 65,000-capacity Kasarani stadium ready for the change of guard as the outgoing president Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to hand over the power to his successor, Dr William Ruto.

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According to the National Police Service, the stadium was full by 5 am, and Kenyans were asked to follow the ceremony from the screens mounted outside the stadium, and from their homes.

On Monday evening, the Azimio presidential candidate Mr Raila Odinga said that he received a phone call from Dr Ruto inviting him to his inauguration, but will not attend.

Mr Odinga said that he is out of the country for other important matters.
Also, the Azimio leader continued to express his displeasure with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for allegedly mishandling the election.

“I regret however that I will not be available for the inauguration because I am out of the country and because I also have other serious concerns…I believe that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, the body in charge of our elections, did not conduct a free and fair election,” Mr Odinga said.

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He also said that once he is back in the country, he will join the Azimio team to inform its supporters of the next move.

Earlier, Ms Karua hinted at taking the petition challenging Dr Ruto’s win to the East Africa Court in Arusha, Tanzania.

She said that the Supreme Court did not discharge justice to them and that they still believe that the election was rigged.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is the chairperson of Azimio also disagreed with the court’s findings but said he will hand over the power as per the constitution.

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