President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that the withdrawal of NASA leader Raila Odinga from the repeat presidential is an injustice to Kenyans.

According to Uhuru, Raila should have withdrawn from the race a long time ago instead of making the country spend Sh12 billion on preparation for the repeat polls.

Raila withdrew from the polls citing that IEBC had not met all the conditions highlighted by the Supreme Court when August 8 polls were nullified.

“I hear he has withdrawn after making us spend Sh12 billion. That is an injustice to Kenyans because that money could have been used on other development projects,” Uhuru told Voi residents on Tuesday.

At the same time, the duo welcomed the NASA chief’s decision saying they are ready to be on the October 26 ballot.

Raila Odinga /COURTESY

“We are however ready for the election. It is the people’s right to participate in an election to choose their leader. The people will decide. There is no constitutional clause stating Raila must be on the ballot for us to have an election,” said Uhuru.

IEBC has requested Sh13.79 billion for the fresh presidential election.

The former Prime Minister said it is only through his withdrawal that the country will have a free and fair election as per the law.

The President said he is confident he will defeat Raila again, and by a larger margin, should the election take place as scheduled on October 26.

Uhuru said his rival is free to quit the election if he wishes as this will allow Kenyans to carry on with their lives.

“From the day the court said we would go back to the election, our opponent has been coming up with excuses. Yesterday I said he wants to withdraw,” he said.

IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati and his CEO Ezra Chiloba. /COURTESY

IEBC has confirmed that Odinga withdrew from the race stating that a way forward will be communicated soon.

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