Julius Malema's Advice to Raila After Losing Election

  • File image of South African politician Julius Malema
    File image of South African politician Julius Malema
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  • Julius Malema's party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, has urged Azimio La Umoja Presidential candidate Raila Odinga to concede.

    In a statement released on Wednesday, August 17, the South Africans recognized William Ruto as the president-elect and urged him to be magnanimous in victory.

    EFF opined that Odinga should accept the results of the elections released by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and act with restraint with his supporters. 

    Raila's refusal to accept the outcome of the presidential poll, EFF cautioned, was a recipe for chaos at a time when Kenyans need stability and peace amid challenging economic times.

    Presidential-elect William Ruto speaking to the press on Monday, August 15, 2022.
    Presidential-elect William Ruto speaking to the press on Monday, August 15, 2022.
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    "It should never be in the name of any presidential candidate that Africa should re-live the harrowing experience of the past characterised by an elections aftermath of brutal violence.

    "Ever since the dawn of multiparty political dispensation in Kenya, inter-tribal violence by losers in the national elections has become the hallmark of elections," the statement read.

    Further, the EFF called upon international bodies within the East African region and Africa at large to reason with Raila and his team to concede defeat and avoid any chaos or acts of violence by supporters.

    "We call on the African Union and the regional body of East African states to monitor the situation and never hesitate to refer any post elections delinquent to the African Court of Human and People's Rights for swift justice," the statement read. 

    EFF joins a long list of world heads of state who have congratulated Ruto, who was declared the winner of the August 9, presidential election.

    Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni affirmed Kampala's commitment to continue working with Nairobi and strengthening the relationship between the two nations. 

    Other leaders who sent their congratulatory messages included Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Burundi's Evariste Ndayishimiye, Somalia’s former president Mohamed Farmaajo, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa. 

    Speaking to the media on Tuesday, August 16, Raila urged his supporters to maintain calm as they perused legal avenues to address their grievances. 

    The Azimio La Umoja principal stated that the coalition would file a petition at the Supreme Court to challenge the results which he argued were null and void. 

    William Ruto (Left) and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (Right) on a phone call
    William Ruto (Left) and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (Right) on a phone call
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