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Concede defeat and work with Ruto, TND tells Raila

He appealed to Ruto to form an inclusive government in a bid to bring all Kenyans together.

In Summary

•Mathenge also called on the president-elect William Ruto to consider seating down with Odinga and come up with a way of working together.

•Odinga was competing with Ruto of the Kenya Kwanza alliance but he lost by a small margin.

TND national party chairman Thuo Mathenge addresses the media at the party offices in Kiganjo, Nyeri, Tuesday August 16, 2022.
TND national party chairman Thuo Mathenge addresses the media at the party offices in Kiganjo, Nyeri, Tuesday August 16, 2022.
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The New Democrats (TND) party national chairman Thuo Mathenge has called on Azimio leader Raila Odinga to concede defeat and move on for the sake of the country.

Mathenge also called on the president-elect William Ruto to consider seating down with Odinga and come up with a way of working together.

Odinga was competing with Ruto of the Kenya Kwanza alliance but he lost by a small margin.

He appealed to Ruto to form an inclusive government in a bid to bring all Kenyans together and improve the ailing economy.

He said elections are costly and called on the losers to instead of going to court to challenge the electoral process, accept the result and let the money go to the revival of the economy.

"Currently, Kenyans cannot even afford to go back to another election. We used billions of shillings for this election," he said.

"So we are asking Raila Odinga and William Ruto to seat down over a cup of coffee and think about Kenya and Kenyans and not the presidency."

Thuo also called on other parties that lost in the election to support the team for the sake of unity in the country.

He said despite Ruto winning against Raila with a small margin, Kenyans had spoken and it was therefore good to respect their will.

Thuo said TND and himself will support the president-elect and his running mate Rigathi Gachagua.

Gachagua is from Nyeri County and was before his election the Mathira Member of Parliament.


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