Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga said his coalition will not share power, two days after the Supreme Court annulled last month’s presidential election and ordered a new poll within 60 days.
The court ruled the election board committed irregularities rendering the August 8 vote invalid and overturned incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory.
The ruling set up a new race between Kenyatta (55) and veteran opponent Odinga (72). Tension between the two camps is rising.
“We will not share power,” Odinga said, speaking in Kiswahili outside a church in Nairobi. “We will not divide the loaf,” he said, a local reference to power.
Odinga, who contested the presidential election in 2007 and 2013, repeated his statement after Friday’s court ruling that the opposition would not participate in a rerun of the poll without changes to the election commission. On Friday he called for the commission to resign and face criminal prosecution.
Speaking at a rally in Nairobi attended by thousands of his supporters, he said: “We have said you cannot force Kenyans to go to polls supervised by thieves.
“We will not accept this,” he said. “We will only go to the elections when we are sure the ones organising the elections are people who will not side with one side or the other.”
Kenyatta insists the poll should be rerun with the current electoral board.
Though Kenyatta pledged to respect the court’s ruling he has, since Friday, referred to justices as “crooks”.