I am ready to hold talks with anyone, Raila says

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NASA leader Raila Odinga

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has said he is ready to dialogue to end the current uncertainty a day after withdrawing from fresh presidential election slated for October 26.

Speaking during a morning show interview on a local radio station yesterday, Raila said: “I am ready to sit down and chat the way forward with anyone for the sake of this country.

The interests of the nation are much more important than those of any individual.” He, however, defended Nasa’s move to withdraw from the presidential race dismissing allegations that it was meant to push for a coalition government.

“I am not agitating for a coalition government. I am the winner. On the contrary, it is Jubilee that wants to make this country ungovernable by using government resources to share power with me,” he said. Raila also said the move was the only resort left after efforts to have the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) reconstituted, hit a dead end.

“You see, all we wanted was a fresh team of electoral officials to oversee the repeat polls. It was untenable for Nasa to go the repeat polls with a team of officials that had openly demonstrated biasness. Only a fool could do that,” Raila said.

He added that the withdrawal only meant to give the electoral agency ample time to restructure and conduct a free, fair and credible election.

Raila discredited a section of leaders referring to Article 138 (1) of the Constitution which states; If only one candidate for president is nominated, that candidate shall be declared elected. He said the clause only applies in the first round of any election like it happened in the case of Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa who was unopposed during nominations.



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