Kenyan opposition leader makes first public appearance since boycotting Thursday vote

Raila issued an announcement while addressing his supporters for the first time since boycotting the election re-run

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga made his first appearance since boycotting the Thursday presidential repeat poll.

The opposition leader was at the Raila Educational Centre in Kibera slum to assess the damage at the school following crossfire between police and NASA supporters yesterday.

Mr. Odinga, who has been off the spotlight since the Thursday vote, later addressed his supporters outside the school.

He acknowledged the number of Kenyans who did not show up for the election re-run and even took a swipe at President Uhuru Kenyatta's Gatundu South home ground which he noted had a few number of voters compared to August 8.

Odinga, in the company of Kibra MP Ken Okoth and other political leaders, later on said that he would make an announcement on Monday next week to give the way forward with regards to the Presidential repeat election.

Earlier in Friday, the National Super Alliance (NASA) party leader, in an interview with a local TV station, asked his supporters not to protest but boycott the October 28 presidential election in four counties in the Nyanza region.

Raila said holding elections in the four areas namely, Siaya, Homabay, Migori and Kisumu, was ethnic profiling that must be condemned.

IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati said voting in the four counties, marred by protests, will be repeated on Saturday.


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