Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga says he will not recognise a win by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday’s scheduled election rerun, as a political crisis gripping the East African country shows no sign of ending.
Odinga pulled out of the race earlier this month after claiming opposition demands to overhaul the country’s election body had not been met.
“As far as we are concerned, this is not an election,” Odinga told the Nation newspaper on Sunday.
He also ruled out contesting the outcome of the vote in court, in line with his party’s position that the upcoming vote will not be credible.
“It is not a legal matter, but a political one which must be dealt with as such,” said Odinga, calling the prospect of challenging the result “a waste of time”.
Kenya is holding the election re-run after the country’s Supreme Court annulled the results of an August 8 poll, following a challenge by Odinga, due to “irregularities” and “illegalities” in the electoral process.