On Monday, September 5, the Supreme Court of Kenya dismissed a petition filed by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
The Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition presidential was seeking to overturn IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati’s verdict that declared William Ruto the president-elect.
The apex court verdict was not well received, especially by supporters of Raila Odinga who sought the country’s top seat for a record fifth and presumed the last attempt.
For instance, Raila Odinga’s die-hard supporter Hellen Ogonda has suggested that the country be split into two to allow his preferred candidate “have a taste of the presidency.”
Hellen who hails from Hoa Bay County on Wednesday, September 7, proposed a rotational presidency to ensure that power does not oscillate around two communities.
“Waandike makaratasi watu waokote na walinde kulingana na zamu zao; ikifika zamu ya kabila fulani, iyo kabila itoe watu wawili kuwania kiti cha urais, na kama hawawezi kuandika namba, wagawe Kenya mara mbili ili Raila awe rais wa upande wa Nyanza,” she said.
Loosely translated to “Write papers for people to choose and protect them according to their shifts; when it is the turn of a certain tribe, that tribe should nominate two people to compete for the presidency, and if they cannot write the number, divide the country into two so that Raila will be the president of the Nyanza region.”
In the August 9, presidential election, UDA presidential candidate William Ruto trounced Raila Odinga after he garnered 7.1 million votes against Raila’s 6.1 million.
Earlier, the outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta had faulted Kenyans over the decision they made in the August 9 General Election.
Uhuru stated that Kenyans did not deny Raila the opportunity to become president but they denied themselves the opportunity of having a united country.
“You denied yourself an opportunity to bring the country together, you haven’t denied Raila,” Uhuru said.