By Spy Uganda Correspondent
Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has announced that the party will challenge the declaration of Kenya Kwanza flag bearer William Ruto as the president-elect on Monday, 22nd August 2022.
Monday, August 15, the president of the electoral commission announced 50.49% of the votes to Ruto and 48.85% to his main opponent Odinga. The same day, four of the seven commissioners blamed chairman Wafula Chebukati for his “opaque” management and lack of consultation.
For the last twenty years, all Kenyan elections have been through disputes leading sometimes to violent protests.
This time around any petition had to be submitted to the Supreme Court by the 22nd of August. The highest court has then two weeks to make a decision which could lead to a new election within 60 days.
Speaking at a Church service at Jesus Teaching Ministry (JTM), Donholm in Nairobi on Sunday, Odinga who was accompanied by his running mate Martha Karua and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka said they cannot let Kenyans’ voices be muzzled.
“There is no doubt in our mind that the Kenyan people spoke loudly on the 9th of August. Their voice won’t be muzzled and their victory won’t be taken away,” Odinga said.
The above has been re-emphasized by our source in Odinga’s camp who says, ”the latest is that His Excellency the Right Honourable Dr Engineer Raila Amolo Odinga and the Azimio La Umoja-One One Kenya Alliance Party including His Excellency the Honourable Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta are proceeding to the Supreme Court of Kenya on Monday with a team of seasoned lawyers to file the petition against IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati and one William Samoei Ruto. We are upbeat that things will work out very fast in the next 21 days.”
Also, Karua exuded confidence that their camp will finally get justice from the Supreme Court. “We shall know the truth and it shall set all of us free for without justice there cannot be lasting peace,” Karua said.
She went on: “Justice is the foundation of lasting peace.”
Musyoka also noted that they were confident of emerging victorious at the Supreme Court.
“We leave this place ready to pursue them and the mandate to pursue them has been ably presented,” he said, ”to Kenyans please stand still and see the salvation of God.”
He said the August 9 election was not yet completed due to the impending elections in Mombasa, Kakamega and other four parliamentary units.
“As far as I’m concerned, the Lawyer in me tells me this General Election is not over, what’s happening in Mombasa, Kakamega and other constituencies is a clear case where Kenyans have been short-changed.”