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Raila declines Ruto’s invitation to the inauguration ceremony despite Ruto phoning him

Raila declines Ruto’s invitation to the inauguration ceremony despite Ruto phoning him on Monday late in the evening to attend.

The former prime minister has disclosed that he received an invitation to President-elect William Ruto’s inauguration.

Raila said in a statement on Monday, September 12, that he had received an invitation card as a result of the conversation.

However, Raila declined Ruto’s invitation explaining that he was out of the country even though he stated that he had other concerns.

Further, Raila stated that he would address his concerns with other Azimio la Umoja principals when he returns to the country.

In particular, he noted that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) did not conduct free and fair elections.

“First, I believe that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, the body in charge of our elections, did not conduct a free and fair election.

“Secondly, I believe that the ruling of the Supreme Court was not based on the facts and the law, even though we accepted it,” read the statement in part.

“For these reasons, the outcome of the election remains indeterminate. Once I return to the country, I will, jointly with Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party leaders, announce our next steps as we seek to deepen and strengthen our democracy.”

According to the former Prime Minister, the path his coalition would take after he returns will enhance the electoral process in the country and the independence of other institutions. 

We can only do so if we reform and transform the key institutions that are charged with protecting and advancing our democracy,” read the statement in part.

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