Raila Odinga: We had the worst election since the return of multi-party politics

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has described the August 9 election as the worst since the restoration of multiparty politics, claiming that the Azimio coalition was rigged in favor of their UDA rivals.

The Azimio party leader stated during the coalition’s Parliamentary Group meeting at the Stoni Athi resort in Athi River that it was impossible to comprehend whether or not there was a presidential election at all.

Odinga said the IEBC had been captured by corrupt individuals and was completely incapable of conducting the poll. He also continued his attacks on the Supreme Court, accusing the judges of having an attitude when delivering their judgment.

“You have noticed the attitude, the thuggery, the corruption, the cynicism of the Supreme Court judges. The words that the Chief Judges used against us have never been used in our courts,” Odinga said.

Odinga described Supreme Court Chief Justice Martha Koome’s statements as insults to the country’s top legal brains and the consequence of a disturbed conscience.

“We’ve been here before, we have come from a judiciary that is invested in threats and intimidation for litigants and advocates so that the country would not question them,” Odinga said.

Raila Odinga further stated that the Supreme Court had been engrossed in politics as a result of their recation to those who disputed the verdict. He further stated that he considered the ruling was inspired by the devil rather than God, as CJ Martha Koome had stated.

Raila described Martha Koome’s acts as psychotic and degrading to the Chief Justice’s office.

“In less than a year, she has destroyed what her predecessors achieved in 10 years,” Odinga said.

Odinga termed President Ruto’s recent actions to appoint the six judges and fund the judiciary as bribery and a ploy to sway the judiciary to his side. He stated that budgetary allocations to institutions are part of the functions of parliament and are based on the scrutiny of budgets given by the institutions.

Odinga also asked Azimio-allied MPs to work together to free the judiciary and legislature from state capture, as well as to transform and reform the IEBC so that it can hold credible elections.

He also admonished the coalition MPs against joining President Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza in the name of ‘being in government,’ instead urging them to hold the current administration in check as members of the legislature.

“Don’t be greedy over positions. Positions can only go to one person at a time,” Odinga said.

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