NAIROBI, Kenya (Reuters) – Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga is back in the country with his family days after his holiday to “reflect and heal” after the shocking loss in the August 9 election.
Odinga, who was in Zanzibar, flew back to the country on Thursday to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Mombasa Governor Abdulswamad Nassir.
“I was out of the country; I went to the spice island of Zanzibar to relax. I have taken my wife, children and grandchildren to heal from the shock they have endured as a family,” he said.
This was the first appearance of Kenyan flag-bearer Azimio La Umoja-One in the polls after the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling confirming President William Ruto’s victory.
Odinga congratulated Mombasa’s newly sworn governor and hailed coastal residents for voting overwhelmingly for the Azimio candidate despite the postponement of the election, which would have hurt the election result.
“The Mombasa and Kakamega elections were intentionally left behind, our lawyers said in court, so that they could have a trial after the manipulation. The people of Mombasa have shown that they really are Azimio and that is the pride we have,” noted Odinga.
The Azimio team filed a petition with the Supreme Court challenging President-elect William Ruto’s victory, but it was dismissed outright for lack of merit.
The jury, led by Martha Koome, found in its unanimous decision that some of the evidence presented by the Azimio Brigade was “hot air” and had set the court on a wild chase.
The court rejected all nine points they structured in the consolidated petition, calling into question the victory of President-elect William Ruto.
The ruling dealt a serious blow to the Azimio team, whose leader Raila Odinga hoped the judges would annul the results of the hotly contested Aug. 9, 2022 presidential election.