Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya Alliance presidential candidate Raila Odinga will accept defeat if he loses in the August general elections.
Speaking during a joint media interview on Tuesday, Raila responded to a challenge from his worthy competitor, William Ruto, who once asked him to declare that he would accept defeat if he lost in the polls.
“Definitely. I am a sportsman and I know that asiyekubali kushindwa si mshindani. I would easily accept defeat and congratulate the winner,” Raila said.
He further expressed confidence in the preparedness of the IEBC to conduct a free and fair election.
With the IEBC set to meet Presidential candidates on Wednesday, Raila said he would be presenting his pending concerns to the commission.
“I want to be convinced that preparations have been done to ensure free and fair electoral process. When I presented our papers to the commission, I accompanied it with a letter with 10 questions, they have partly answered the questions but there are some concerns which have not been satisfactory,” he said.
On her part, Raila’s running mate Martha Karua said that having free and fair elections is a joint responsibility of the commission, political parties and candidates themselves.
“We each have a responsibility to make the election, free, fair and credible. Everybody involved in the electoral process has a role to play, if each one of us stood up for our country then we wouldn’t have complaints in elections,” Karua said.