I will not participate in repeat presidential election unless Ezra Chiloba is sacked, vows Raila

NASA leader Raila Odinga accompanied by Kajiado Central MP Elijah Memusi addresses supporters in Ntulele, Narok on Saturday 09/09/17 [Boniface Okendo]

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has vowed that he will not participate in the October 17 repeat presidential election unless the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) CEO, Ezra Chiloba, is sacked and prosecuted.

While addressing Kajiado County residents on Sunday, the National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate reiterated that he will boycott the polls if drastic changes are not effected in the electoral body.

Accompanied by his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka, Raila maintained that Chiloba and his team must be prosecuted for election malpractices.

"Chiloba team must go home. These were the prime suspects who were involved in the shambolic elections. They should be prosecuted for election offences.

''We are here to thank you for the overwhelming support you gave us during the recent shambolic election that was cancelled by the Supreme Court following major irregularities. However, we still maintain that we are not ready to participate if the people we mentioned are not fired,'' Raila declared.

On his part, Kalonzo asked voters to turn out in large numbers and vote for the former Prime Minister next month.

Raila had earlier indicated that President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto will not force the Opposition into the polls with a faulty IEBC.

"We cannot be forced by Uhuru and Ruto into going into the poll if our conditions will not have been met. IEBC messed us up and we cannot entrust our votes to them again," Raila said.

He also warned the President against threatening the Opposition saying that he lost executive powers after the August 8 General Election.

Raila stated that Kenyans are no longer blind and have vowed to elect NASA as the next government.

"I want to tell Uhuru to stop threatening me that he is the President. I want to remind him that his powers ended on August 8. He is not Kenya as I also represent many Kenyans and we are not in a dictatorial state," he stressed.

The Opposition chief spoke in a series of rallies in Ewaso Nyiro, Narok town and Ntulele trading center on Saturday.