Raila Odinga Leaves For London…Opposition leader and Nasa presidential flag bearer Mr. Raila Odinga have left the country for the United Kingdom where he is expected to give an address on the political situation in Kenya.
Raila departed from the country on Wednesday night for the trip days after he announced his withdrawal from the rerun of the presidential poll scheduled to hold on October 26. His withdrawal invariably has generated a lot of controversies all over the country.
Mr. Odinga’s spokesman Dennis Onyango while addressing the press said that the Nasa leader will address a public forum at Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs – an independent policy institute based in London.
“He left the country last night for the UK,” Mr. Onyango said.
He added that they are expecting the Nasa leader back in the country on Saturday morning.
Mr. Odinga’s departure last night, however, caught many by surprise as it had been expected that he would travel Thursday night. His advisor Salim Lone had earlier in the week told the media that Mr. Odinga would leave the country tonight just in time to address the forum dubbed Kenya’s Next Test; Democracy, Elections and the Rule of Law Research.
“He will be in London for a day and a half. He will leave Nairobi on Thursday night to be in London in time for the event that begins in the afternoon,” quoting Mr. Lone.
Mr. Odinga, who has since withdrawn from the October 26 repeat presidential election citing IEBCs failure to put in place reforms necessary for a free, fair and credible election is expected to discuss the Supreme Court ruling that nullified the August 8 election and the reforms the Opposition would like to see ahead of a new election.
“The withdrawal does not affect Mr. Odinga’s forthcoming UK trip, where he will give an address at Chatham House, and hold discussions with current and former British ministers and other leading figures. Indeed, news of his withdrawal will make this visit help focus even more attention on the need for Kenya’s friends to help counsel against the rapidly diminishing space for free and fair elections and the rule of law,” Mr. Lone said in a statement.
At first, it was his withdrawal from the presidential race and now Mr. Raila Odinga leaves for London, all these have aroused many controversies in the country.
More so, while the ongoing demonstrations are getting to its peak, the National Assembly yesterday passed the amendment to the Election laws and we believe the amendments will help facilitate a free, fair and credible election in the country.
We hope to keep you posted and bring you updates on the details of Mr. Odinga’s speech in London, so stay tuned.