Raila Announces Pull Out of 2017 Presidential Race: Devastating For Supporters


CORD leader Raila Odinga has come out to state clearly that he will not offer himself for the presidential race come next year’s general election.
Source: D post
An emphatic Raila Odinga told Al Jazeera TV station that unless IEBC is removed from office, it would be futile for him to participate in elections supervised by it.
At the same time Raila said he could foresee chaos as a result of biased election. His main concern was that the current IEBC commissioners are pro-Jubilee and they are bent to follow instructions from the ruling coalition.
Raila at the same time has announced that the opposition CORD and its entire membership will stage another protest outside IEBC building at Anniversary Towers on Monday next week i.e. on 9th May, 2016.
Meanwhile murmurs are rife in Kalonzo Musyoka’s Ukambani turf in regard to his scheduled meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta. Kalonzo hinted on May 1st that he would play host to President Uhuru Kenyatta when he tours the area in the coming weeks.
It should be noted that jitters have been vivid within CORD leadership especially in regard to who their flag bearer would be-come next year (2017).
The trio, consisting of the current supremo, Raila Odinga, Moses Wetangula and Kalonzo Musyoka has individually promised their tribes that they would go for the presidency when the next general election is due. CORD’s internal reforms that were instituted recently seem to be a pointer to what the party would want to see happen ahead of 2017.
Our crew got up with some die-hard CORD supporters many of whom could not bear or even imagine that Raila Odinga would fail co contest next year’s election.
From the look of things and, based on experience, the election-supervising body; IEBC is not likely to be plugged out of office by way of street demos. The constitution spells out clearly on how such a constitutionally instituted entity can be disbanded. However, Raila knows this as much as you do. It would even be more futile to try to evict IEBC via parliamentary vote due to the tyranny of numbers that’s enjoyed by Jubilee. CORD do not want to hear such; but it is the truth.
Imagine a political scenario in next year’s election without Raila Odinga. Have your say!
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