Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga says President Uhuru Kenyatta should “do what is honourable and civilized—resign and let Kenyans move on.”
Speaking at the NASA Secretariat in Lavington Nairobi, Mr. Odinga said Uhuru lost the August 8 presidential election and is only clinging onto office.
“If I were Uhuru Kenyatta I would just resign and let this thing go but trying to impose himself against the will of the people is not right. Trying to buy individuals here and there forcing them to give him support is not right,” he said.
“Everything has been put bare that he did not win. He lost in the election and the people of Kenya will not be forced… We want the Jubilee government to do what is honourable and civilized—resign and let Kenyans move on.”
The gloves are off as Kenya’s ruling party and the opposition battle for votes ahead of new elections, tentatively scheduled for Oct. 17 by the Supreme Court after it voided last month’s presidential results.
Last Friday’s historic decision, the first of its kind in Africa, was welcomed by many as a rare sign of independence from Kenya’s judiciary. It means voters will again have to choose between President Uhuru Kenyatta, 55, and veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga, 72.