Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Raila Odinga interview: In his own words: By ALPHONCE SHIUNDU Posted Wednesday, July 17 2013 at 13:24

  •  Will you run in the next elections?
“I have not said that I am going to run in 2017. People are asking me are you going to run or not, I have said, it is too premature to talk about 2017. We’ve just come out of an election…When that time comes, I will make a proper decision which is in the best interests of the party. I want to be a catalyst and organise a party that can win elections the next time."
  • On criticism against governors
"It is too premature to judge the governors. They’ve hardly began to work. They’re pioneers. They have no other governors to learn from. They need to be properly inducted."
  • Jubilee commitment to devolution
“This government is blowing hot and cold as far as devolution is concerned. I don’t think they are really prepared for a devolved system of government, otherwise they’d not have signed the Division of Revenue Bill without proper consultations with the Senate."
  • On the Supreme Court petition on presidential election
“We had an 800-page evidence which was the basis of our petition. To dismiss that evidence merely because of time is not to do justice to the case. What they should have done, they should have used that to do an extension. Because on one hand, the Constitution says the Supreme Court should handle the petition within 14 days, but the Constitution also restricts them from dismissing a case based on a technicality (they ought to have extended the time)." 

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