I will concede defeat if I lose on August 8 – Raila Odinga

I will concede defeat if I lose on August 8 - Raila Odinga
NASA flgabearer Raila Odinga talks to the press on Tuesday, July 4.

National Super Alliance Presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, has reiterated that he will concede defeat if he loses in the August 8 General Election.

Raila, while speaking during the Jambo Kenya show on Radio Citizen, said that he will accept the results of the elections but challenged the relevant bodies among them the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to conduct a free, fair and credible election.

The NASA leader was, however, keen to condemn the government for militarizing politics by using the Kenya Defence Forces, an apolitical unit meant for external operations to oversee domestic security in the country.

According to Raila, Jubilee Party is misusing government resources to fulfill its agenda, which is not transparent to the public, adding that the President, as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, is overstepping his mandate.

Before the passing of the former Cabinet Secretary for Interior, Major Gen. (Rtd.) Joseph Nkaissery, Raila had raised an alarm that the army was getting ‘unlawfully’ trained to ensure a secure General Election, allegations which Nkaiserry dismissed as a simple security measure.

“I recently gave a report saying there is a meeting going on at the Embakasi Barracks, which involved public servants like regional coordinators and county coordinators, administrative police and also the Kenya army, they were taught how to oversee security during elections but I said that it is not constitutionally right to engage the army in domestic affairs,” said Raila.

He challenged President Kenyatta also to accept the results of the elections and not to interfere with the electoral process.

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