Raila Odinga, Former Prime Minister of Kenya who lost in the recently concluded presidential election of the country has rejected the result of the poll.
Gatekeepers News reports that Odinga vowed to pursue “all constitutional and legal options” after losing to his rival William Ruto.
A day after the results were announced, he told reporters said, “I do not want to fully address our strategies going forward but… we will be pursuing all constitutional and legal options available to us.”
While describing the outcome of the August 9 poll as “a travesty” at Tuesday’s press conference, Odinga has previously claimed to have been cheated of victory in the 2007, 2013 and 2017 presidential elections.
Last week’s closely fought race saw Odinga lose to Ruto by a narrow margin of around 230,000 votes, sparking protests by his supporters in some areas as well as triggering a split within the electoral body overseeing the poll.
The 77-year-old former prime minister said, “What we saw yesterday (Monday) was a travesty and a blatant disregard of the constitution of Kenya.
“We totally and without reservations reject the presidential results.”
The poll’s aftermath is being keenly watched as a test of democratic maturity in the East African powerhouse where previous elections have been tarnished by claims of rigging and bloodshed.
Both frontrunners had earlier pledged to deal with any disputes in court rather than on the streets.
Nevertheless, violent protests erupted in Odinga’s strongholds in Nairobi slums and the lakeside city of Kisumu on Monday evening, although the situation was calm Tuesday.
On Tuesday, Odinga commended his supporters “for remaining calm and keeping the peace”.
“Let no one take the law into their own hands,” he said.