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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Raila arrives in London amid speculation over his next move

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Raila arrives in London amid speculation over his next move
October 12
08:02 2017

BY BMJ MURIITHI

ODM leader Odinga has arrived in London amid speculation over his next course of action after withdrawing from the presidential race in his motherland.

This as his  supporters unleashed their wrath on  The Economist, a London based newspaper, for publishing an article that they though portrayed him in bad light.

The article implied that the opposition leader intends to use violence through anti-IEBC demonstrations, to get into power, despite withdrawing his October 26 fresh presidential election candidature.

Titled “Raila Odinga takes a gamble by threatening to boycott Kenya’s election,” said  that Raila’s decision to withdraw was meant to ignite violence  so as to prevent an election from being held, and in effect force President Uhuru Kenyatta to thee negotiation table.

“By walking away, Mr Odinga seems to be gambling on his ability to threaten chaos to push Mr Kenyatta to negotiate. But the trouble with that strategy is that Mr Odinga is running out of money,” said the article, in part.

“The candidate himself had made plans to travel to Britain and possibly America two weeks before the vote – prime campaigning time – presumably to drum up international support,” added the article in part.

“And although protests occasionally gum up the centre of Nairobi, even his most partisan supporters will not stay on the streets indefinitely. The worst outcome, for Mr Odinga and Kenya, is that his bluff is called and the election goes ahead without him. Mr Kenyatta might remain president, but a large proportion of the population would not recognise his right to rule and would feel left out of the political system.”

Odinga and his running mate, Kalonzo Musyoka, announced that they had withdrawn from the race on Wednesday.

However, things took a different turn Thursday after a High Court judge cleared another candidate, Ekuru Aukot, to run in the repeat polls scheduled  for 26th of this month.

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