Raila: This Was My Mistake During 2013 Elections

  • Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leader Raila Odinga has revealed the one mistake he made together with his team during the controversial 2013 General Election.

    During an interview with the NairobianOdinga said that the only mistake they made was to trust that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) would uphold free and fair elections.

    "The only mistake we made, if any, was to trust the IEBC and to trust that the institutions created by the new Constitution would stand up for free and fair polls," Odinga said.

    The former Prime Minister further pointed out that they were mistaken to believe that nobody was reckless enough to rig elections, after the 2007 polls which culminated in deadly violence.

    However, the Opposition leader noted that he had learnt a lesson for trusting the electoral body and would hence "approach 2017 much wiser".

    Odinga's team has remained adamant that they won the 2013 Presidential election, pointing an accusing finger at the IEBC which it said manipulated votes in favour of Uhuru Kenyatta and his counterpart William Ruto to ascend to power.

    The Opposition has previously stated that IEBC was and is still compromised.

    In a radical move to get the body overhauled, Odinga through the Okoa Kenya campaign, wants the whole commission disbanded stating that IEBC cannot stand the moral high ground to conduct a fair election.

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