BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,27TH AUG,2022-Azimio coalition Presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, has said he has spoken with United Nations (UN) Secretary General, António Guterres, on Kenya’s disputed presidential election.
He spoke on Saturday at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Foundation offices at Upper Hill, Nairobi, after meeting the Azimio election board.
The meeting was to assess the election.
Raila thanked the board for steering the campaign.
“We have sent a petition to the Supreme Court and are eagerly awaiting the outcome,” he said.
Raila revealed details of his phone call with Guterres.
“Two days ago, I got a phone call from the secretary general of UN, Mr Guterres. He called me and talked to me about developments in our country and the region generally. I briefed him about what has happened in our country, the outcome of the election and the processes we have initiated to get a satisfactory solution to this problem.”
Raila said Guterres was happy with the conduct of Kenyans despite the challenges.
“I assured him Kenya’s democracy is mature and we are determined to pursue legal and constitutional means to resolve the dispute following attempts by the IEBC to hijack our victory,” he said.
Raila said he is committed to ensuring stability in the country and region.
He expressed confidence he will succeed at the Supreme Court and would go ahead to ensure stability of the nation should he get to office.
On his part, Azimio presidential campaign chairman, Ndiritu Muriithi, called for democratic elections.
“We want to get away from running the state on the basis of a briefcase. Coalitions we form should be based on principle not convenience,” he said.
“We encourage the country and our supporters to stand tall as we put greater effort to ensure that we are building better democratic practices for our country.”