Raila gives Uhuru 1 condition for talks ahead of repeat polls

Meanwhile, IEBC Commissioner Roselyn Akombe has resigned from IEBC, 7 days to the repeat polls.

Addressing the press on Tuesday, Mr Odinga gave one condition stating that the dialogue between them should only be about free and fair election and not a coalition government, fondly ‘nusu mkate’.

The former Prime Minister reiterated that he was not interested in sharing state power with Mr Kenyatta and revealed that he was ready tp speak to him over the fate of the next polls, a week away.

"The impression that has been created is that it is me who wants nusu mkate. I have never called Mr Kenyatta to demand a coalition government. Such claims are, therefore, preposterous.

"If it is a free, fair and credible election, I am ready at any time," Mr Odinga told journalists in a press briefing in Nairobi.

Mr Odinga also announced that he had suspended the anti-IEBC demos to mourn the victims of police brutality, but indicated that the demos would resume on Saturday through a series of meetings across the country.

He added that the Opposition  was contemplating taking action against acting CS Fred Matiang'i and IG Joseph Boinnet for the murder of NASA supporters during demos.

On the other hand, President Uhuru Kenyatta has maintained that he is not ready for a dialogue with Odinga adding that people would express their will on the ballot next week on Thursday.

Kenyatta has also warned the international community not to meddle with matters politics of the country.

It now remains to be seen whether the repeat pill will go on as planned the NASA maintaining that there shall be no election on October 26.

At the same time, IEBC announced that elections will go on as planned despite the push by Mr Odinga’s camp to have reforms at the Commission.

Meanwhile, fresh details have emerged that the Commission led by Mr Wafula Chebukati is under political siege.

Former IEBC commissioner Roselyn Akombe , in her statement to resign from the commission on October 17, revealed that the repeat polls cannot meet the critical issue of having a free and fair election.

“We need the Commission to be courageous and speak out, that this election as planned cannot meet the basic expectations of a credible election. Not when the staff are getting last minute instructions on changes in technology and electronic transmission of results. Not when in parts of country, the training of presiding officers is being rushed for fear of attacks from protestors,” she wrote in her resignation letter.

She added: “Not when Commissioners and staff are intimidated by political actors and protestors and fear for their lives. Not when senior Secretariat staff and Commissioners are serving partisan political interests. Not when the Commission is saddled with endless legal cases in the courts, and losing most of them. Not when legal advice is skewed to fit partisan political interests. The Commission in its current state can surely not guarantee a credible election on 26 October 2017. I do not want to be party to such a mockery to electoral integrity.”


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