Raila hopeful as he heads to Supreme court

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Azimio la Umoja Presidential candidate Raila Odinga is hopeful the Supreme Court will nullify the victory handed to Deputy President William Ruto who was declared winner with 7.1 million against his 6.9 million votes.

He said the victory of the people will not be stolen.

Odinga plans to file a petition at the Supreme Court on Monday with sources indicating there will be two or three other petitions from other individuals or organizations.

“The victory of the people will be known because we know it and it will be known starting tomorrow (Monday),” he said, accompanied by his running mate Martha Karua and Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka.

Karua reiterated Odinga’s resolve to pursue justice, saying, “Without justice, there can’t be lasting peace and for justice to happen we need God.”

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Karua said Azimio believes in the rule of law “and we are people of peace and that’s why we will be going to the Supreme Court.”

On his part, Kalonzo said he firmly believes that Ruto’s ‘perceived victory is short-lived because “The lawyer in me tells me that this election is not over because what’s happening in Mombasa, Kisumu and other constituencies hasn’t been seen before.”

He was referring to the Kakamega and Mombasa gubernatorial elections which have been postponed indefinitely by the electoral commission, IEBC.

“General elections haven’t been concluded until the two counties get a governor,” Karua said.

She said the delays were well calculated by the electoral commission to deny Azimio victory.

IEBC initially postponed elections in the two counties to August 23 over ballot papers mix-up but announced last week that they will not be held until a later date over what the commission chairman Wafula Chebukati blamed on staff intimidation.

But the Azimio leaders are reading more into this decision, saying it is suspicious given both counties are strongholds of Odinga.

Parliamentary elections were also postponed in Kitui Rural and Rongai-all blamed on ballot papers mix-up.

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