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Kenyans’ unusual reactions after Raila Odinga announced withdrawal from presidential race
By Robert Abong'o | Updated Oct 11, 2017 at 10:44 EAT
NASA flagbearer Raila Odinga briefs the media

NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga announced that he will not be participating in the repeat election slated for October 26th

IEBC confirmed that they received Raila's letter moments after he made his announcement

National Super Alliance (NASA) flag bearer Raila Odinga on October 19th 2017 announced that the coalition will not be participating in the repeat election, leaving many Kenyans confused.

The former Prime Minister led the NASA coalition to Supreme Court, challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in the August 8th presidential election.

The Supreme Court declared the results of the August 8th election invalid, null and void – ordering for a fresh election within 60 days.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chair Wafula Chebukati announced that the repeat presidential election would be held on October 26th, a decision Raila was never comfortable with.

Raila vowed not to walk into another election with Ezra Chiloba still IEBC CEO and demanded his removal, but the CEO said that he will not retire and was focused on preparing for the next election.

Kenyans took to Twitter and Facebook to express themselves, most shocked by Raila’s decision while other actually pleased:


Raila Odinga withdrawal is the best news I've heard in my entire life.
We will swear in Uhuru as soon as possible.
Congrats Mr.Uhuru 5 tena— Hon Moses Kuria (@HonMosesKuria) October 10, 2017

Raila Odinga is a very smart politician. He knows what he is doing#Ballot2017

— Thee Trend Setter ™ (@xtiandela) October 10, 2017

Paybill Money gone like that. Raila Odinga is a fraud— Njoroge (@itsnjosh) October 10, 2017

Raila Odinga will remain a man of many momentous firsts. The first civilian who has run a country without being president.— Zeddy Harrison (@Zeddize) October 10, 2017

With the withdrawal of Baba Raila Odinga from #Ballot2017 , Kenya enters into uncharted Constitutional & Legal waters! God Save Kenya!— Donald B Kipkorir (@DonaldBKipkorir) October 10, 2017

Raila Odinga, speaking to Radio Jambo, has just revealed Jubilee had already printed fresh ballot papers along Mombasa Road.— D I K E M B E (@Disembe) October 11, 2017

Raila Odinga's withdrawal was premature.— KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN (@kipmurkomen) October 11, 2017

Thank you @RailaOdinga for creating a constitutional crisis; the SINE QUA NON for TRANSFORMATION. Let's separate quacks from patriots!— Dr. Miguna Miguna (@MigunaMiguna) October 10, 2017

They asked Raila Odinga to go to court. When he went to court they became mad #FreshNominations— Kamba Pundit (@kamwash254) October 11, 2017

HE. Raila Odinga was Jubilee's main manifesto point. So now Manifesto Withdrawn???#FreshNominations #NoReformsNoElections— TEDDY???????? (@AswaniTed) October 11, 2017

Jubilee failed to understand what Raila Odinga meant when he told his supporters to "vote" and "leave the rest to me".— Hon Lee Makwiny ™ (@leemakwiny) October 11, 2017

Raila Odinga is first civilian who has run a country (Kenya)without being the sworn in president.— Hbox (@LugayeAmos) October 11, 2017

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