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PHOTOS: Raila distances himself from NCCK prime minister talk

PHOTOS: Raila distances himself from NCCK prime minister talk

PHOTOS:  Raila distances himself from NCCK prime minister talk
November 09
15:36 2017

BY BMJ MURIITHI

Kenya’s opposition leader, Raila Odinga, Thursday met with former assistant secretary of state for African affair and ex-ambassador to Kenya, Jonnie Carson, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC.

The National Super Alliance (NASA) leader, who was in the US capital to give a talk on the political situation in Kenya, distanced himself from the calls for the creation of prime minister’s post, as championed by a section of National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK).

“”I am not desperate for a job and that is a cheap way of looking at it,” he said.

On the ongoing presidential election petitions at the Supreme court, Odinga said; “The outcome of the current petitions will not be the solution for Kenya’s crisis.”

Kenyan opposition leader, Raila Odinga (Center) poses for a photo with former assistant secretary for African Affairs, Amb Johnnie Carson and former US ambassador to Kenya Mark Bellamy. PHOTO/BMJ MURIITHI

Odinga,  who pulled out of the presidential election in late October, chastised the West for what he called a lackluster interest in promotion of democracy in Africa and urged Washington to do more.

“The same standards for other countries should apply for African nations,”  he told the packed auditorium.

Carson is best remembered for his “Choices have consequences” quip, shortly before the 2013 Kenya general election which was taken by many to mean that he opposed the election of the Uhuruto duo, who were then facing charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague.

Mr Odinga sits down with BMJ Muriithi for a one-on-one interview Thursday.

He was the US envoy to Kenya between 1999 and 2003 and was named as assistant secretary of state for the bureau of African affairs on May 7, 2009.

At the CSIS on Thursday, Mr Odinga told of how Kenya is headed in the wrong direction following a series of events leading to the recently concluded repeat presidential election.

The event coordinator, Mark Bellamy, who also served as the an envoy to Kenya, had earlier told the audience that Mr Odinga would offer a prognosis  for Kenya’s democratic, health, peace and stability.

In the auditorium, among others, was the deputy Chief of Mission at Kenya’s embassy in Washington, David Kahiro Gavccheru.

 

Here is the video courtesy of CSIS:

 

 

 

 

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