Opposition leader Raila Odinga will be challenging President Uhuru’s reelection at the United Nations, sources close to him say.
The Star reports that National Super Alliance (NASA) is crafting a petition that will tabled at the UN to contest the legitimacy of Kenyatta. The appeal by the opposition outfit will formally be sent to UN secretary general Antonio Guterres and another to the African Union’s Mousa Faki.
A team working on the petition is said to be making its final touches on it before briefing Odinga and his Nasa team. Raila reportedly met South Africa Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and South African politician Lindiwe Nonceba Sisulu during his tour Zanzibar, where more on the issue was discussed. However, exact details of these meetings rains scanty.
NASA economic strategist, David Ndii, MP Richard Onyonka (Kitutu Chache South), former EALA MP Abubakar Zein, Suna East’s Junet Mohamed and Kisumu Governor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o are part of the workforce tasked with crafting the petition.
“We will be briefing the Prime Minister and we hope the letters will be dispatched,” a former diplomat working with the team told the Star.
“We will be telling the UN that no election was held on October 26th. It was a charade. The UN must, therefore, be briefed on the repercussions of Uhuru’s swearing-in without being validly elected as President of the Republic of Kenya,” Homa Bay MP Peter Kaluma said.
“I hope the United Nations and the AU will look at the issue objectively regarding what an unpopular President means for the country.”
This is the second time the opposition leader is seeking UN’s help in solving Kenya’s problems. Three months ago, Raila appealed to world body to review the August 8th election results, which were cancelled by the Supreme Court. However, Guterres rejected the request and advised political leaders to pursue election-related disputes to “the relevant constitutionally mandated institutions”.