I can’t concede defeat in flawed poll – PM

Odinga told a meeting of leaders who were recently elected under CORD affiliate parties that he had full confidence in the Judiciary/CFM

Odinga told a meeting of leaders who were recently elected under CORD affiliate parties that he had full confidence in the Judiciary/CFM

NAIROBI, Kenya Mar 13 – Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) presidential candidate Raila Odinga insists that his conscience cannot allow him to concede defeat in last week’s polls.

Odinga told a meeting of leaders who were recently elected under CORD affiliate parties that he had full confidence in the Judiciary, which he believes will handle his petition and deliver a fair judgment.

“The Supreme Court that we are moving into is itself a product of a long and painful struggle that cost people their careers and their lives. It is now a reality, and should be part of our motivation to defend what we have. Change and democracy are worth fighting for,” Odinga said.

The outgoing Prime Minister said nothing would have made him happier than to concede defeat, but added that his conscience would haunt him if he did.

“Nothing would have pleased me more than to stand there and tell Kenyans that I accept the results, but something disturbed my conscience and I said if I don’t speak this will become institutionalised. Why would Kenyans go to the elections, queue for all those hours and then in the end the results have already been pre-determined?” he asked.

Odinga assured his supporters that CORD had sufficient grounds to petition the election of Uhuru Kenyatta as the fourth president of Kenya.

He told the newly elected Governors, Senators and MPs that the petition was not merely to contest the election but was to defend democracy and secure it for posterity.

“Today the victim may be CORD. Tomorrow, it will be somebody else. Let’s join hands in seeking justice and fairness through the courts of law,” the premier said.

He asked Kenyans to support CORD in its quest for justice and truth through the courts of law to ensure that elections were no longer an exercise to confirm preconceived conditions and positions.

“I could have accepted the results if the polls were credible but we have the responsibility to protect our ballots,” the PM said.

Odinga who came second to Kenyatta in the presidential election is expected to contest the outcome of the poll in the Supreme Court, alleging “massive vote tampering”.

Odinga has said that every instrument deployed by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) failed and that there was interference with the voter register following failure of the electronic voter identification kit.

At the same time, Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka termed claims that he had given up on the presidential petition as ‘opportunism’ that he will not engage in.

“A friend called me last night and told me, Mr VP you have the opportunity to be a statesman, just go out there and announce that this election is behind us. I told them for goodness sake this is a man with a commitment to deliver this nation,” he said

Musyoka spoke as Kitui and Machakos County Governor race losers Kiema Kilonzo (Narc) and Mutua Katuku, as well as more than 300 politicians mainly from the Wiper Democratic Movement – which is a part of CORD coalition – said they were not part of CORD case and wanted Kenya needs to focus on other issues after the General Election.

They stated that this was the time for the nation to rally together behind President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta for nation building and want to see him assume office and move the country forward from where President Mwai Kibaki has left it.

Addressing a press conference at a Nairobi hotel, the leaders announced that they firmly backed Kenyatta and were ready to work with him.

LABAN WANAMBISI

Laban Wanambisi is a Parliamentary and Political reporter. He joined the Capital Newsteam in 2005. Since then, he has reported on many of the major news events over the years including his first major assignment covering the 2005 National Referendum on the Draft Constitution, and several other subsequent key national and international events.

  • Duncan Muchina

    Is it his conscience or his ego?

    • http://www.facebook.com/beloveddan Beloved King

      Muchina u are one of those fanatics of hate through a tribal opium. Kenya is bigger than Mt. Kenya region.

      • Duncan Muchina

        Why do you say that beloved king?

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kwessi-Pratt/100000996986819 Kwessi Pratt

          Shame of “unexpected” defeat of his idol demands that he rolls himself in funny language, or literally goes berserk!!!!

      • shakz

        which in other interpretation, Kenya is bigger than an individual’s conscience…hhhmmmmm scratching head…tongue out…..

      • http://twitter.com/MurigiMMM Murigi Mwaura

        we have no space for king we want voted leaders not ‘i was suppose to win story’

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kwessi-Pratt/100000996986819 Kwessi Pratt

          Exactly! You must respect the will of the majority. But its rather hard if you are used to lying about your unassailability and super leadership!!!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kwessi-Pratt/100000996986819 Kwessi Pratt

        Tribal opium actually seems to be from the other side. When does one concede defeat anyway? Is democracy only at work when we play empty super leader, cult leader and all that? I thought figures were very clear! With all pretences, even a repeat wont yield the desired results! Raila knows it and we all know it. So whats the big deal? Trying to keep personal constituency through mischief? Raila would have risen above everyone else, including president-elect, had he opted to play decent by claiming that he wasnt defeated but time has come to allow the country move forward. But that huge ego of his got it all wrong. He hasnt realized that Kenyans are tired of being taken around in irrelevant circles. And not only that, his famous half bread never translated in to anything, let alone amounting to much anyway! Thus, he will (not would!) soon find himself alone in the wild barking against the wind!!!!

    • HotPotato

      Muchina, wewe ni ng’ombe ya msitu. Most Kenyans no that he was rigged out as it happened by “Kebaki”. The state machinery, security agents were used to do the rigging. All along it has been fought hard to block Amolo from ascending to power. The power that be fears the Odinga presidency. They have stolen, killed, raped and done all sorts of bad things and want to protect that. God’s wrath will descend on them one day.

      • Duncan Muchina

        Did you mean Dume or just ng’ombe? My conscience tells me you meant Dume and since msitu usually belongs to the wild kind, I am assuming you meant Nyati. The honor is mine brother viazi. Now, you speak of state machinery blah blah but facts are facts and numbers do not lie. The rest of your post is speculation and wild imagination.

        • muchemi

          kikuyus wanajua mungu kweli ama wizi na ukabila peke yake..makanisa yao pekee!

          • Mung’etheri Mutongoria

            Muchemi…..Which kikuyus are you talking about….and which fake god are talking about you need to know yourself first before …..asking those dead questions

        • HotPotato

          You are a great man Dun. Don’t even bother – it is just a disagreement. Wewe ni NDUME-NYATI kama Simaba. Ever been to Nyati House?

          • Duncan Muchina

            Passed by many times….you? My conscience stopped me from entering there…….otherwise I would have entered gladly.

      • O-Kimani

        CORD supporters – One may be dissatisfied. But foul and insulting language will not attract God’s blessing to the CORD cause!
        Brothers, it is God’s cause that leaders a raised to champion. Please
        glorify God and be of clean words. I have noticed that there is a
        pattern all across the social media – most posts & responses from
        persons whose names start with “O” are getting vulgar by the day. Why?
        Why? Why? BTW – There are so many ppl from Central who agree with Raila
        and re NOT speaking curses!

      • http://twitter.com/MurigiMMM Murigi Mwaura

        insult dont vote but people do. thats why cord always lose- cant write your presidents name properly wonder if you went to school or rao went on your behave

        • muchemi

          was not our president.other tribes have not yet had president except kikuyus. we have no president..period. we endelea na wizi maana mtu wako ni kiongozi. am sure central people will populate hell : wezi. wa kura. idiots!

          • Mung’etheri Mutongoria

            You fool…you disgust me whenever you comment…..tell us which law state which tribe should be in state house at which time…..to hell with you and you little brain

          • http://twitter.com/MurigiMMM Murigi Mwaura

            Empty debe with no vote make the most noise

        • http://www.facebook.com/ogolaoyugi John Ogola Oyugi

          Respect yourself please,dont abuse people on social media.

        • HotPotato

          Gethee, “Kebaki” was intentional reason it is in quotes. Comments here are not essays where you need to prove read them to earn you marks. There is a “no” whereas I meant “know”. WHAT ABOUT YOU – “PRESIDENTS NAME” INSTEAD OF “PRESIDENT’S NAME?. Na kweri wewe ni jakas-ng’ombe ya msitu also – hahahaa – just kidding. You are a good guy but we are disagreeing.

      • http://www.facebook.com/willie.nganga.5 Willie Nganga

        WHO IS FOOLING WHO?
        Prior to the just concluded elections, we all heard the CORD alliance
        complaining that some forces in government were plotting to rig elections only
        for the former AG Amos Wako who ironically vied and won a senatorial seat
        courtesy of ODM (a shareholder in CORD) corrected them that no one in
        government had the capability of rigging.

        As a way of preparing ground for not conceding defeat, the CORD alliance
        ones again stage-managed an incident at JKIA meant to undermine our CJ William mutunga in view to fooling kenyans that either the mungikis or some forces in government plotted to eliminate him (CJ) to jeopardize the independence of the judiciary,. They must have forgotten that the leader (Maina Njenga) of the deadly MUNGIKI himself was and still is a die-hard supporter of the CORD alliance and when our Deputy President-elect reminded them this, they all went silent.

        Under the leadership of the “always and only“ victim of election malpractices
        (RAILA), the CORD alliance is now desperately intending to challenge the
        presidential election results hoping that our dignified CJ they purported to
        defend after the airport saga and the death threats will come to their
        rescue,.. Raila and his CORD should not take our supreme court nor our IEBC for granted – under the new constitution, our institutions are now dignified and
        competent and my FREE consultation to the CORD and Raila is,….

        “According to the 2009 population census, some of the constituencies in your
        strong-holds are more populated than some constituencies in the strong-holds of the JUBILEE alliance but these constituencies in the JUBILEE alliance
        strong-holds registered more voters than the strong-holds of your CORD alliance – isn’t then Uhuru`s victory self explanatory based on this fact?,. How then do you explain the reality that JUBILEE has a command in both the National Assembly and the senate?,. Kindly, stop taking Kenya and Kenyans for a ride – Bwana Waziri Mkuu, who needs a BRAIN SURGEON`S knowledge to understand these basics.

        KINDLY, give us a break and let us divert our focus and attention to other more important issues,.. after all, it is on record that you have served this country of ours better from the official opposition than when you are in government.

        The heart is not visible but it is a very important part of the body not just
        for its functioning but also for its existence,.. like the heart, sio lazima uonekane ndio tujue unafanya kazi – you can still do this country proud from an invisible position.

        We cannot all become presidents and with all due respect, be content with
        people`s verdict or bite the bullet and go for one of the CORD nomination slots
        – isn`t age also taking toll on you?,. take a leaf from Hon. Beth Mugo`s book“.

        She felt that hawezani na mbio za VIJANA akaamua astaafu kwa njia ya HESHIMA, and rumor has it that she is in the JUBILEE nomination list – (Kudos to MATHE).

        We (Kenyans) might be fools but SOMETIMES we think – Raila would have won
        himself a STATEMAN`S status had he conceded defeat like a gentleman lakini
        masikini hakupata mtu mwenye hekima amshauri,.. it is high time Raila
        realized that the Mutula Kilonzos and Prof Anyang Nyong`os he turns to for
        advice have credible “bought knowledge“ and not “born knowledge“.

        They say that “THE BEST WAY TO TEST ONE`S GREATNESS IS HIS ABILITY TO ACCEPT A DEFEAT OR A FAILURE“,.. who then is GREAT between Raila, Musalia and Peter Kenneth?

        Kenyans, lets us all ignore the much publicized “ELECTION PETION“ or discuss this matter soberly na tuendelee kudumisha amani.

        Afterall, Raila is not saying that his votes were stolen but from what i heard him saying, our President-elect UHURU KENYATTA never surpassed the 51% plus 1 threshhold and that a RUN-OFF should have been called;)

        Ng`ash DESIGNER a.k.a RAIYA

    • http://www.facebook.com/gerald.jeda Gerald Jeda

      Its part of the electoral process

  • Kamkunji

    We all have egos, Mr. Muchina. I think its Raila’s right to seek redress if he feels aggrieved. Let has not have selective justice but seek it and leave it upon the courts to arbitrate.

    • Duncan Muchina

      Good point.

  • TOWEET

    KITENDAWILI

    • mimi

      tega….asiyekubali kushindwa…?

  • aruh

    huyu ni baba relaxini ….

  • corn

    money probably exchanged hands. we have got a bunch of some greedy genre of politicians who cant fight for something that doesnt have a direct benefit to them, and to their bank accounts. shame on all the Wiper D. P politicians who gave up the fight

    • oyash

      fight ! my brother against the majority kenyan voter

  • Mwananchi

    Mr. former pm should be nice to himself and, as he puts, please himself, stand there and tell Kenyans that he accepts the results. The conscience could be the devil’s whispers. Take it easy all is well. Thank you Musyoka, Mutua and WDM guys.

  • emi

    This was a competition and the side with more votes won. It is not about tribes.Im afraid that u will live in this manner the whole of ur life. Wake up and work t build Kenya.

  • chumbibye

    surely guys when you are against someone fighting for what he believes is his constitutional right does it ever occur to you that at one given time you might be the next victim? it might not necessarily mean politics but even be at your place of work or home. give the guy a chance and let the court decide as to who won the election!

  • roda

    OK. In the pursuit to stay RELEVANT, Please lets remember there is a Kenya more important than a single individual.

  • mswahilimtata

    acheni utoto nyie viazi. kwani Mwenyezi Mungu haoni? nikiona mnaandika upuuzi humu mtanitambua. mnabwatabwata masaa 24 bila kufikiria. blah blah blah kutematema mate kwenye intertet. nyani haoni kundule babu!!

  • http://twitter.com/PaulWamai Paul Wamai

    Is it conscience or ego? The PM should differentiate between the two. RAO always complains of poll irregularities when he loses but never when he wins. For example when they worked with Kibaki and won the polls overwhelmingly, he was quiet only to emerge later complaining of being cheated of an MOU that no one new of before. If he has been cheated so many times, then there is a problem with his leadership. I wish he and his team would just shut-up and let the court decide rather than stress our eyes with all these self-justifications.

  • http://www.facebook.com/willie.nganga.5 Willie Nganga

    WHO IS FOOLING WHO?

    Prior to the just concluded elections, we all heard the CORD alliance
    complaining that some forces in government were plotting to rig elections only
    for the former AG Amos Wako who ironically vied and won a senatorial seat
    courtesy of ODM (a shareholder in CORD) corrected them that no one in
    government had the capability of rigging.

    As a way of preparing ground for not conceding defeat, the CORD alliance
    ones again stage-managed an incident at JKIA meant to undermine our CJ William
    mutunga in view to fooling kenyans that either the mungikis or some forces in
    government plotted to eliminate him (CJ) to jeopardize the independence of the
    judiciary,. They must have forgotten that the leader (Maina Njenga) of the
    deadly MUNGIKI himself was and still is a die-hard supporter of the CORD
    alliance and when our Deputy President-elect reminded them this, they all went
    silent.

    Under the leadership of the “always and only“ victim of election malpractices
    (RAILA), the CORD alliance is now desperately intending to challenge the
    presidential election results hoping that our dignified CJ they purported to
    defend after the airport saga and the death threats will come to their
    rescue,.. Raila and his CORD should not take our supreme court nor our IEBC for
    granted – under the new constitution, our institutions are now dignified and
    competent and my FREE consultation to the CORD and Raila is,….

    “According to the 2009 population census, some of the constituencies in your
    strong-holds are more populated than some constituencies in the strong-holds of
    the JUBILEE alliance but these constituencies in the JUBILEE alliance
    strong-holds registered more voters than the strong-holds of your CORD alliance
    – isn’t then Uhuru`s victory self explanatory based on this fact? Didn`t also
    JUBILEE alliance garner more seats in both the senate and the national
    assembly? Do you then want to imply that all the seats that the JUBILEE
    alliance garnered are questionable?
    Kindly, stop taking Kenya and Kenyans for a ride.

    Bwana Waziri Mkuu, who needs a BRAIN SURGEON`S knowledge to understand these
    basics – KINDLY, give us a break and let us divert our focus and attention to
    other more important issues,.. after all, it is on record that you have served
    this country of ours better from the official opposition than when you are in government.

    The heart is not visible but it is a very important part of the body not just
    for its functioning but also for its existence,.. like the heart, sio lazima uonekane
    ndio tujue unafanya kazi – you can still do this country proud from an
    invisible position.

    We cannot all become presidents and with all due respect, be content with
    people`s verdict or bite the bullet and go for one of the CORD nomination slots
    – isn`t age also taking toll on you?,. take a leaf from Hon. Beth Mugo`s
    book“.

    She felt that hawezani na mbio za maboyz akaamua astaafu kama MNGWANA and
    rumor has it that she is in the JUBILEE nomination list – (Kudos MATHE).

    We (Kenyans) might be fools but SOMETIMES we think – Raila would have won
    himself a STATEMAN`S status had he conceded defeat like a gentleman lakini
    maskini hakupata mtu mwenye hekima amshauri,.. it is high time that Raila
    realized that the Mutula Kilonzos and Prof Anyang Nyong`os he turns to for
    advices have credible “bought knowledge“ and not “born knowledge“.

    They say that “THE BEST WAY TO TEST ONE`S GREATNESS IS HIS ABILITY TO
    ACCEPT A DEFEAT OR A FAILURE“,.. who then is GREAT between Raila, Musalia and
    Peter Kenneth?

    Kenyans, lets us all ignore the much publicized “ELECTION PETION“ na
    tuendelee kudumisha amani.

    Ng`ash DESIGNER a.k.a RAIYA