The Star (Nairobi)

2 March 2013

Kenya: PM Raila Reacts to Financial Times Article

CORD presidential candidate Raila Odinga has said that he feels slandered by the story published in the UK Financial Times which reported that he warns of trouble if he loses Monday's election.

In a statement from his office, Mr Odinga says he conducted two interviews at short intervals on Friday, March 1, 2013 with the Financial Times and the British Broadcasting Corporation Radio and TV at his home in Bondo. "At none of these interviews did Mr Odinga speak of violence should he lose elections as reported by the Financial Times today." In both interviews, the PM referred to his sporting career as an athlete and footballer and repeated that as a sports person, he understands losing and winning as part of the game." The statement says.

Asked what it would be the end of his political career if he loses the elections, the PM's answer was: "I strongly believe I am going to win this election, and in round one. However, in the likely event that I lose, I believe there will be a role for me in Kenya. I can write my memoirs, I have a family to take care of, and, most importantly, I have a party that I will continue to guide so we can deepen democracy in Kenya. I believe the democratization of Kenya has been my biggest contribution to the country and I want to push it to the end whether I am in or out of elective politics."He also expressed confidence in winning the election in the first round.

TNA party termed the comments attributed to Mr Odinga's in the FT as "dangerous, inflammatory; not befitting of a President"

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