Kenyans have offered mixed reactions after opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Tuesday (October 10) he would not stand in a court-ordered re-run of August’s presidential election that is scheduled for October 26.
“You know, if we take one person participating as a president it can’t actually work, it could have been better if he’s a true Kenyan, he should have participated for the growth of Kenya andKenyan people.” a trader said
Odinga’s coalition has called for nationwide protests from Wednesday (October 11), raising the prospect of violent confrontations between police and protesters.
For now there is little sign the demonstrations could boil over into ethnic clashes. Protests and ethnic violence killed 1,200 people after a disputed 2007 presidential election.
Odinga repeated previous criticism of the election board for not replacing some officials, who he blamed for irregularities in the August poll. Allied politicians standing alongside him called for a continuation of peaceful protests.
On September 1, the Supreme Court nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win on August 8 due to procedural irregularities and ordered a new poll pitting Kenyatta against Odinga to be held within 60 days.
Kenyatta said later the election would go ahead although he was now the only candidate.