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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Raila should retire, make way for 'youthful' Jubilee - MP-elect Barasa

NASA leader Raila Odinga at Capitol Hill. /VICTOR IMBOTO
NASA leader Raila Odinga at Capitol Hill. /VICTOR IMBOTO

Kimilili MP-elect Didmus Barasa has asked the Opposition to concede to allow the country to move forward.

NASA's Raila Odinga lost to Jubilee's Uhuru Kenyatta in the presidential race in results announced on Friday.

IEBC declared Uhuru winner with 8,203,290 votes, while Raila got 6,762,224.

Barasa asked Raila to hand over to a younger leader, saying the Opposition chief could not match up to young politicians on the Jubilee side.

He attributed the energy in Jubilee to DP William Ruto who is eyeing the presidency in 2022.

"The Opposition needs a renewed and young energy that measures up to that of Ruto. The likes of Raila and Kalonzo [Musyoka] can't measure his strategies," he told The Star on Saturday.

Barasa noted that Jubilee won fairly especially after capturing most governor and MP seats.

More on this: Uhuru's Jubilee Party projected to control Parliament, counties

"Raila has served enough and pretty well as Opposition chief. He should consider honourably retiring and paving the way for a younger generation and live his life as a statesman," he added.

Barasa lauded Uhuru for reaching out to Raila, saying the President is ready to reconcile the country.

"The opposition should quickly come to terms with the reality that they lost elections and quickly strategies a line up that has capacity to check on the government ," the Jubilee MP-elect said.

He said street protests are not healthy and urged Kenyans to go back to work.

Barasa also said the Western region should quickly rethink their stand and opt to work with Ruto for future positioning.

ASK SUPPORTERS TO CALM DOWN

Leaders have asked the Opposition to calm their supporters amid deadly post-election protests.

Former Kibwezi West MP Kalembe Ndile has asked Raila to tell supporters to seize demonstrations.

“Kenyans have seen the results, those who think the elections were rigged should use legal ways to seek justice instead of engaging in violent demonstrations across the country,” said Ndile.

Ndile said youths should not allow themselves to be misused by politicians.

Ndile said Machakos residents who moved to their rural homes ahead of the elections should return to their jobs and businesses to avoid losses.

Murang’a governor-elect Mwangi wa Iria, woman rep Sabina Chege and incoming senator Irungu Kang’ata have said the opposition leaders have the capacity to restore calm in places where violence has erupted.

“This is not the time for violence. Kenyans want to go back to looking for money without fearing for their lives,” Wa Iria said.

“I am asking Raila with all due respect to talk to his supporters so that they can calm down and go back to their businesses,” Chege said.

She said NASA supporters are just expressing their frustrations with the loss of the presidential seat and only need to be talked to by their leaders to restore peace.

[PHOTOS] Gunshots in Kibera, Mathare as cops disperse post-election protests

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