August 9

Laikipia politicians divided on Raila’s decision to reject presidential results

Wednesday, August 17th, 2022 12:23 | By
Outgoing Laikipia Governor Nderitu Muriithi. PHOTO/Courtesy
Outgoing Laikipia Governor Nderitu Muriithi. PHOTO/Courtesy

Leaders from different political factions in Laikipia County have expressed divergent views over the decision by Azimio One Kenya coalition leader Raila Odinga to reject the presidential results announced on Monday, August 15, 2022.

Led by the outgoing Governor Nderitu Muriithi, the chairperson of the Azimio presidential campaign team, the leaders agreed with Raila's move to seek legal redress through the courts.

Nderitu, who lost the governor's seat in the just concluded polls, also hinted at a possibility of challenging the gubernatorial results in court, promising to give directions in the coming days.

Ruto's allies in Laikipia defend results

On the other hand, leaders who supported Deputy President William Ruto's bid to State House under the Kenya Kwanza Alliance led by the outgoing Laikipia West MP Patrick Mariru have a contrary view.

The leaders deny claims that the elections were marred by irregularities, insisting that the country needs to move on.

In a statement, Mariru argues that Azimio lacks weighty issues to challenge the presidential results even with the allegations by four commissioners who disowned the results announced by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairperson Wafula Chebukati.

Mariru noted that any petition must show major electoral irregularities that may have affected the results.

"If Chebukati tallied the presidential results alone and declared, would this be different (in empirical terms) had all the commissioners been involved?" Mariru stated.

The country now awaits the next political unfold as Raila moves to court to challenge the election of Ruto as president-elect.

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