The former prime minister, Raila Amolo Odinga aka Baba has vowed not to run for Kenya’s top seat.
Speaking to Al Jazeera English’s Mehdi Hasan, Raila said he is “very worried” the next years general election cold turn “violent” if the IEBC commission is not reformed.
Raila Odinga tells Al Jazeera he will not participate in the general elections next year if the electoral commission is not overhauled.
- • The former Kenyan Prime Minister admits that “every Kenyan” including himself has had to pay bribes, and that he has also “been offered bribes” in the past
- Warns that he is “very worried” about violence in next year’s general election
- The opposition leader says “there will be no reason for us to participate” in the elections if the current Electoral Commission is not reformed
- Accuses the Kenyan government of an “intolerable amount of interference” during the ICC trial of Kenyan Vice President William Ruto at the ICC
- Raila Says that he will withdraw Kenyan troops from Somalia within one year, if he is made President
Odinga and Hasan were joined by a panel of three experts:
Nic Cheeseman: Professor at the African Studies Centre at Oxford University.
Agnes Gitau: Commentator and trade and investment advisor
Parselelo Kantai: Editor of The New African.
The Head to Head series on AlJazeera includes interviews with former British Chancellor of the Exchequer Norman Lamont and Martin Indyk, former US Ambassador to Israel, advisor to President Bill Clinton and US Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations in 2013-2014. In each episode, Hasan goes head to head with a special guest, asking the probing and hard-hitting questions few dare to ask.
Kenya: Democracy on Trial? with Raila Odinga will be broadcast on 6 May 2016 at 20:00 GMT and repeated on the 7th of May at 12:00GMT, the 8th of May at 01:00 GMT and 9th of May at 06:00 GMT. This episode will be available online immediately after it first airs on YouTube .