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Raila Odinga to accept defeat if Ruto wins presidential race

by Amos Khaemba

The Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition party presidential flag Raila Odinga has been receiving pressure from his opponent William Ruto to publicly commit to accepting the defeat in August.

The United Democratic Alliance presidential flag bearer has been saying Raila has a history of refusing to accept results announced by the electoral commission.

According to Ruto and his brigade, the frequent refusal by Raila to admit defeat is what has led to post-election violence in the past.

But speaking during a televised interview on Tuesday 28 the former prime minister said he was willing to accept defeat should he lose to Ruto in the August polls.

“I’m the sportsman between me and him and I know that asiyekubali kushindwa sio mushintani, He who doesn’t concede defeat is not a sportsman),” Raila said.

“If I lose in the August election. I will be the first to congratulate the winner.” He added.

The ODM leader who will be making his fifth jab at the presidency had previously been noncommittal on whether he will accept the outcome of the August elections should he lose out.

At one point the former prime minister alluded that he will only accept results if the elections were free and fair which attracted criticism from Ruto’s alliance.

“He was categorical that only “IF” the election is free and fair and he wins or loses will he accept the result,

“The fairness or lack of, in an election is not and cannot be determined by any candidate’s subjective opinion of the results. Kenya has institutions to determine the validity of the election.” Kenya Kwanza Alliance said in a statement on March 17, 2022.

The ODM leader has thrice disputed presidential election results during the 2007, 2013, and 2017 editions claiming he had been rigged out.

In the 2017 General Election, he managed to convince the Supreme Court to overturn the election results forcing a repeat election which he boycotted over claims that IEBC could not guarantee a free and fair election.

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