Raila Odinga, the One Kenya supremo and former premier, has called on Kenyans not to participate in future elections, citing irregularities and bias towards President William Ruto in the recent polls. Speaking during a meeting with Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) delegates in Mombasa on March 12, 2023, Raila criticized the former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman, Wafula Chebukati, for allegedly announcing the results without the support of his fellow commissioners.
Raila argued that the IEBC’s failure to grant him access to their servers had prevented him from shedding more light on what happened during the vote counting process. He claimed that the results had been manipulated in Ruto’s favor, making the outcome illegitimate.
According to Raila, it made no sense to participate in future elections if the results could be influenced to favor a particular candidate. He urged Kenyans not to vote unless the issues he had raised were adequately addressed.
Raila also defended the right of citizens to protest and announced that there would be a march to Nairobi on March 20, 2023, to protest against Ruto’s regime. He argued that Ruto had refused to heed their demands, leaving them no choice but to take to the streets.