Raila's Brother Explains What 'System' Meant in Azimio Camp

  • Oburu Odinga (left) and his brother ODM party leader Raila Odinga (right) at an event in june 19, 2019
    Oburu Odinga (left) and his brother ODM party leader Raila Odinga (right) at an event in June 19, 2019
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  • Raila Odinga's elder brother, Oburu Odinga, has dispelled reports alleging that the 'system' - an alleged cartel of power brokers - was to manipulate elections in favour of the Azimio La Umoja presidential candidate.   

    While speaking at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre on Wednesday, August 17, Oburu clarified that the 'system' he used to refer to prior to the elections was persecution by the state.  

    He emphasized that 'system' meant the Azimio team would campaign without police interference and conflict with the government.

    "Before the system, we were being harassed and restricted by the police, they even used to rig elections," he said.

    East African Legislative Assembly Member Oburu Odinga at a political rally in April, 2019
    East African Legislative Assembly Member Oburu Odinga at a political rally in April, 2019
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    In addition, Oburu encouraged the former Prime Minister to seek legal redress at the Supreme court

    He confidently stated that Raila Odinga had won the presidential election and accused IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati of failing to involve Azimio's Chief Agent in the tallying of votes. 

    In 2020, Oburu claimed that Raila and his team had the backing of the 'system' through their association with outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta. 

    "Some people say that system is not important but that is false. Now that we are with Uhuru Kenyatta who is holding the system plus our votes, what else do we need," Oburu wondered in 2020.

    The 'system' has in the past been opposed by President-elect William Ruto. He blamed the handshake between Uhuru and Raila for derailing the development agenda in the country. 

    Ruto ruled out another handshake with Raila arguing that he advocates for the opposition to act as a watchdog keeping his government under checks and balances. 

    "Maybe I should disclose that this morning I called my opponent, Raila Odinga, and we agreed regardless of the outcome of the elections, we should have a conversation," Ruto stated.

    "He had offered in his statement in Kasarani that he would be available for a handshake and I said that I will be available for us to have a cup of tea because there are areas we can agree on moving the country forward," he added.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta and Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga hugging
    President Uhuru Kenyatta and Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga hugging
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