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Raila: I will not run for president again

Former presidential candidate Raila Odinga has told the Financial Times that he will not be vying for presidency in the future.

Mr Odinga, who lost to President Uhuru Kenyatta in last week’s presidential election also said he was not trying to win power through unconstitutional means.

“It is not about me. It’s not about Raila Odinga, I’m not going to be a candidate again,” he said. “We just want Kenyans to know what happened, what the whole world is not understanding is happening,” Mr Odinga said during the interview.

The opposition leader also said he would give “compelling evidence” on Tuesday as to what exactly happened during the transmission of the election results.


“There’s no point people going to elections in the future, queuing for hours to vote, or running around for months campaigning. At the end of the day it’s the computer in the national tallying centre that’s making the decisions,” he told Financial Times.

Mr Odinga further claimed that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had no choice but to “falsify the results as it was under metaphorical gunpoint from the president’s camp.”

“With the experience of what happened to Chris Msando they were very frightened,” he added.

Mr Odinga is set to give a way forward to his supporters on Tuesday after he told them to boycott work on Monday while mourning those killed by police during protests.

The opposition leader broke his silence since losing the election when addressed his supporters at Kibra and Mathare slums on Sunday. He urged them to stay calm.