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Raila sticks to tried and tested script in his push to ‘oust’ Ruto

Raila Odinga, a prominent figure in Kenyan politics, is once again facing controversy as critics accuse him of sticking to the same script after every election.

Known for his strong political presence and unwavering determination, Odinga’s actions have become a subject of scrutiny among both supporters and detractors.

Since the conclusion of last year’s General Election, Mr Odinga has a familiar path to the one he took after his previous electoral defeats.

Despite being a seasoned politician and leader of the opposition, Mr Odinga has yet to concede defeat and continues to challenge the legitimacy of the electoral process.

Odinga’s reaction has sparked debates across the nation, with many questioning the impact of his repetitive response on the political landscape.

Supporters argue that his persistence reflects his dedication to fighting for what he believes to be a flawed electoral system, driven by a genuine desire for fairness and transparency.

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As part of his demands, he wanted the IEBC servers to be opened to show the real winner of the August 9, 2022, presidential polls.

He has further expressed his desire for a broad process of talks similar to the 2008 negotiations led by the then chief mediator Kofi Annan, which resulted in the signing of a peace accord between then President Mwai Kibaki and Mr Odinga.

Under the accord, the two leaders formed a grand coalition government with Mr Odinga as Prime Minister.

“Our suggestion is to have a conversation at the national level through a process akin to the 2008 National Accord,” Mr Odinga said, a position that was supported by a statement from Azimio.

“It is the resolution of this meeting that a purely parliamentary process may not serve the intended ends. Our suggestion is to have a conversation at the national level through a process akin to the 2008 National Accord,” the opposition coalition said.

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However, critics view Odinga’s unchanging script as evidence of a refusal to accept electoral outcomes, suggesting that his actions undermine the democratic principles of the nation.

They argue that Odinga’s repetitive response fails to acknowledge the will of the people and hinders the peaceful transition of power, thereby potentially jeopardizing the stability of the country.

In the aftermath of every election, Odinga held a press conference at his political party headquarters, where he reiterated his concerns about electoral irregularities.

He pointed to alleged incidents of voter suppression, ballot tampering, and technical glitches that affected the overall integrity of the electoral process. Odinga vowed to exhaust all legal avenues to contest the results and demand an independent investigation.

Odinga’s political journey began in the late 1970s, when he emerged as a key figure in the fight for multiparty democracy in Kenya. He played a significant role in advocating for political reforms and challenging the one-party rule under President Daniel arap Moi.

His unwavering commitment to democratic ideals led to his detention and imprisonment on multiple occasions, where he became a symbol of resistance against an authoritarian regime.

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