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REVEALED: Why Raila Odinga flew to Zanzibar hours before Supreme Court’s decision

National Super Alliance (NASA) Coalition leader Raila Odinga on Sunday 19 November flew to Zanzibar hours before the Supreme Court gave its final verdict on the two petitions filed challenging the October 26 repeat presidential election.

Raila’s long term-advisor, Salim Lone while speaking to the London New York Times, said that unrest forced Mr Odinga to fly to Zanzibar.

"The unrest pushed Odinga out of the country. He left Kenya and is now in Zanzibar, off the coast of mainland Tanzania,” said Mr Lone.

The Supreme Court on Monday 20 November dismissed the two petitions challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win during the repeat presidential election held on October 26.

Chief Justice David Maraga said that they were not able to deliver the full judgement since the petitions were retired with two days to the deadline.

“After the hearing the petitions we retired with only two days left to the deadline and it was impossible to write a full judgement. What we read today is a summary verdict on the issues raised in the petitions,” said CJ Maraga.

President Uhuru Kenyatta will be sworn-in on Tuesday 28 November.