Raila speaks on being a one-term President if elected in August


It is not clear whether the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) leader, Raila Odinga, will make another attempt at the presidency if he fails to clinch the seat in the August 8, 2017 General Election.

This is after he failed to shed more light on the matter during an exclusive interview with Citizen TV Thursday, May 4 night at his Karen home, Nairobi.

Raila, however, said he is ready to honor the NASA coalition agreement which stated that he will only serve for one term if he wins.

“The agreement we have lasts for five years only. There was no commitment to honor previous agreements but the one we have has been reached in good faith,” said Raila.

He exuded confidence that NASA will send Jubilee government packing arguing that the opposition already has more than 10 million votes in their political basket.

“This is not a re-match as claimed by Jubilee leaders. We (NASA) have more than 10 million votes out of 19 million registered voters. We have already made several inroads into Jubilee strongholds and this is a clear indication that we will carry the day,” added Raila.

The former Prime Minister refuted claims that NASA will boycott this year’s General Election over the declaration of the presidential election results.

He, however, cautioned the government against interference with the electoral process accusing the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of not doing enough to ensure the country has a credible poll.

“We have concerns over the level of preparedness by IEBC. The poll team needs not to be economical with information regarding preparations for the next General Election,” said Raila.

Raila promised to reduce the cost of living by reducing rent rates within the first 100 days after taking the mantle of leadership if he wins.

On the issue of party primaries, the ODM leader dismissed claims that he influenced the outcome of the exercise. He said challenges experienced were due to limited time they had to conduct the nominations.

“We wanted to do nominations in January this year but IEBC stopped us. Time was really short. I was not involved in rigging. If I was in charge, I could not have rigged out by own brother Oburu.”

He promised to fully support and campaign for those who got party tickets.

Raila, who has been castigating the Jubilee government for rampant corruption, promised to deal with suspects by pushing for their conviction.

He, however, says the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) staff members will have to be vetted afresh.

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