May 22, 2018

UN turns down Raila’s election audit call

Opposition leader Raila Odinga

The United Nations has negated NASA Presidential candidate Raila Odinga’s call to have UN audit August 8 polls.

According to Daily Nation, UN’s Spokesperson Farhan Haq on Tuesday said aggrieved parties should follow dully established legal and constitutional channels to address their grievances.

Haq reiterated an earlier stand by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who urged Raila to lodge his petition with the Supreme Court.

Guterres called on Raila to follow legal channels stipulated by the constitution to unlock the election stalemate.

With this latest statement by the UN, it sends a signal it is not ready to bow to Raila’s demand of auditing the election results.

Speaking to London’s Financial Times at his Karen home on Sunday, Raila had suggested that the UN conduct a comprehensive audit on the election results of the recently concluded polls where President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared winner.

He garnered 8, 203, 290 votes while Raila managed 6, 762, 224 votes.

The opposition boss was expected to give a much-awaited brief to Kenyans on the way forward after rejecting polls on Tuesday. He termed them as a fraud and a charade.

However, he pushed the brief to Wednesday.

It is not yet clear what his address to Kenyans will be.

Raila had earlier maintained he will not contest the Presidential elections at the Supreme Court.

The pronouncement has caused tension in Mathare, Kibera and Kisumu areas where violence has been reported since the Presidential results were announced on Friday.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has reached out to him to concede defeat.

Foreign poll observer missions to Kenya certified that IEBC conducted free, fair and credible polls.

The Carter Centre led by former US Secretary of State John Kerry, European Union Chief Observer Marietje Schaake, AU Mission led by Tambo Mbeki and Common Wealth Mission led by Ghana’s ex-President John Mahama said the polls were credible.

The Washington Post in an editorial on Monday said the polls were free, fair and credible.

However, “Mr. Kenyatta’s opponent Raila Odinga refuses to accept the results or even the established legal process for challenging them.”

“Instead, Mr. Odinga has been leveling charges of fraud and has not yet offered any evidence” further stated the editorial.

By Pharis Kinyua-Jamhuri News “I am an online journalist with an eye for detail in politics.”