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Raila wades into KCPE results controversy

By Sammy Waweru November 28th, 2023 2 min read

Azimio leader Raila Odinga has hit out at President William Ruto’s administration leadership style and inability to contain the high cost of living.

Mr Odinga, who narrowly lost to President Ruto in the 2022 presidential polls, controversially added that the current administration is behaving like a ‘cursed’ regime.

He did not substantiate.

Mr Odinga also maintained that his victory in the presidential election was ‘stolen’.

Mr Odinga appealed his electoral defeat at the Supreme Court moments after Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commision (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati announced Ruto as the winner of the presidential election.

But the case was dismissed owing to a lack of evidence.

“Our victory was stolen. They stole, but it is on their throats. It is not going down; they are struggling,” said Mr Odinga at a rally in Nyamira county.

The rally was part of his tour of Western Kenya which aims to mobilise locals to join his Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party.

“Nothing is working in this country. Kenyans cannot afford food and electricity. In January, parents may not be able to afford school fees. Corruption is rampant in almost all sectors of the government. This is a cursed regime.”

He added: “The government is unable to even supervise the national examinations. You have seen the complaints over KCPE exams. If you mess with education then the country has no platform to prosper. The situation is not good.”

A number of schools, teachers, and parents have publicly expressed dissatisfaction by the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) results announced by Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu, with some of the cases ending in court.

Besides encouraging locals to register as members of ODM, Mr Odinga urged them to shun politics of who will contest against President Ruto in 2027.

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka is emerging as the main candidate for the opposition ticket. Others are Eugene Wamalwa, Wycliffe Oparanya, and Martha Karua. Mr Odinga, who has unsuccessfully contested for the presidency on five occasions, is yet to announce his next move.

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