Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) have dismissed the contestation by their counterparts in neighbouring Kenya, of last Tuesday’s presidential election results.
FDC says Kenya’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) candidate Raila Odinga has no strong grounds to reject election results much less start protests.
Mr Odinga lost to the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta by over 1.4million votes in the official election results announced last night.
Odinga, who, being 72, will not be eligible for the next round of elections rejected the election results, claiming that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) was hacked.
But FDC are not convinced with the claims and today advised him to concede.
The FDC spokesperson Hon Semujju Nganda said today that there was no foul play in the Kenyan elections as has been the case in Uganda.
“While I sympathize with Odinga, I think he will need to do a lot of work to convince anyone — beyond those who were running his campaign — that he was cheated,” Nganda said at the Capital Gang radio talk show.
Citing examples of how FDC was frustrated by the ruling NRM and President Yoweri Museveni in the past elections; Nganda said in Kenya, the process was much fairer for Odinga.
“Our situation is different. There were areas like in Kiruhura and Kazo, where even to be a polling agent was a big risk. That’s how Museveni ended up getting all those votes at those polling stations. The polling stations were manned by his own security,” Nganda said.
“If we (FDC) had half of what Raila Odinga had, Ofwono Opondo would be in trouble,” Nganda said in reference of the NRM spokesperson, who had earlier on the show accused FDC of laziness.
The FDC mouthpiece also hailed winner Uhuru Kenyatta, who in his victory speech extended an olive branch to Odinga and his supporters, asking them to join him to grow the nation.
With this, Nganda said it would be difficult for Odinga to declare riots.
“Even after winning, I don’t think that Kenyatta will want to go and starve Raila Odinga and frustrate his businesses, because Kenya fits in the definition of democracy – who gets what and how.” Nganda said.