Mr. Raila Odinga, leader of National Super Alliance (NASA) left the country last night for UK. Mr. Raila is expected to give an address on the country’s political condition at Chatham House, London. His advisor, Salim Lone had earlier in the week told the press that Mr. Raila would depart the country just in time to address the forum dubbed Kenya’s Next Test; Democracy, Elections and the Rule of Law Research.
He is also expected to hold deliberations with current and former British ministers and other leading figures. In his statement Mr. Lone said that following Mr. Raila’s withdrawal from the October 26th repeat election, it is imperative that this visit will help in focusing on the electoral issues in the country. He said that it will bring more awareness on the need for Kenya’s friends to help advice against the swiftly diminishing space for free and fair elections and the rule of law.
Hi running mate Mr. Kalonzo is also expected to leave for Hawaii for unknown number of days. This comes two days after the NASA pulled out of the repeat elections. Uncertainty and political tension has been rising as the election drama continues to unfold.
On October 9th the US envoy had threatened travel bans on the politicians who propagate anarchy or impede preparations for the October 26 repeat elections. The diplomats are pushing for a compromise between the two major parties. They are worried that failure to hold the repeat election as planned may lead the country to a constitutional crisis or worse political violence.
The recent political events have stirred up uncertainty among voters and fears that politically-driven violence might spiral. Months of political doubt have already dulled growth in the country which is considered East Africa’s richest nation.The country’s equity markets fell further yesterday. Kenya’s all share index dropped 1.24 percent while the blue chip index fell 1.14 percent.