No one will push me into quitting politics: Odinga

RAILA ODINGA [PHOTO | COURTESY]

The National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga now says he will retire from active politics at his own convenient time, and not when his competitors in the Jubilee camp want.

Speaking in Kawangware on Sunday afternoon, after attending a church service earlier in the day, Odinga said he won’t succumb to pressure mounted on him by, among others, President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, who want him to quit politics.

“They are claiming that Raila Odinga is too old to engage in active politics, and should bow out of the political scene. I want to tell them that I will quit active politics at my own convenient time, and not when they want me to. There are politicians who are young at age, but their minds are full of obsolete ideas. On the other hand, there are politicians who are at their advanced ages, but are full of fresh, practical and relevant ideas that would benefit the young, modern generation,” said Odinga.

Odinga’s rally in Kawangware came two days after rival camps clashed in the area due to political differences brought about by the repeat October 26 presidential poll. The clashes resulted in destruction of property and displacement of families. Odinga condemned the violence.

A relative calm has since restored in Kawangware, even as some families continue to relocate from the area.

Odinga maintains the October 26 poll was flawed, and that the country should go into another presidential vote in 90 days, when, he says, a “competent” electoral body and grounds for a “transparent” electoral process would have been put in place.

Meanwhile, in the just over 240 constituencies tallied following the October 26 poll, President Uhuru Kenyatta leads with over 7.1 million votes as at 1:20pm Sunday.

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