Why Wetangula, Ruto did not attend Raila event

RAILA ODINGA [PHOTO | COURTESY]

National Super Alliance (NASA) flag bearer Raila Odinga was on Friday, May 5 endorsed by Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Delegates as the party’s candidate for President on August 8.

Present at the event were 4, 000 ODM delegates, the party’s officials, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi and the affiliate parties’ officials among other guests.  Conspicuously missing at the event were NASA co-principals Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetangula and Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) party leader and Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto.

Mr Wetangula was in Uganda on personal engagements, while Mr Ruto was in Bomet on official party matters. It is Mr Mudavadi who made the revelation.

He said: “Let me convey the apologies of Moses Wetangula, who is currently in Uganda on personal engagements. Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto could not manage to attend this event because he had official engagements in his home county.”

Mr Mudavadi and Mr Kalonzo emphasized that the presidential results as announced at the polling stations must be final, and all that the IEBC’s national tallying center would do is tabulation and declaration of the polls outcome.

IEBC has lodged an appeal at the appellate court, contesting a 3-judge bench high court ruling on finality of results announced at the polling stations, and want the commission to be given full mandate of verifying votes from all polling stations across the country before the final declaration is made by the commission chairman, who is the Presidential election returning officer.

Raila assured the gathering that he will work closely with the NASA co-principals to ensure that the coalition clinches the presidency in August.

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