Kenya's leading opposition candidate, ODM's Raila Odinga, has this evening declared that he will not recognise the purported re-election of President Kibaki.
Instead, Raila has announced that his party has called a public rally scheduled for Uhuru Park at 2pm tomorrow 31st December 2007. This was annouced in a press conference at the ODM Presidential Campaign Centre in Upper Hill Nairobi where Raila also indicated that the rally was meant to show the world "who really was elected as Kenya's president" in the concluded polls.
It is instructive to note that Raila has on several occasions warned Kibaki and the PNU that the ODM shall not accept any poll rigging and should the PNU resort to manipulating the electoral process, it shall be met with greater and sustained resistance.
EU and AU observers, who were earlier manhandled and thrown out of KICC by armed paramilitary personnel, have already cast serious aspersions on the Kenyan electoral process, moreso because of Kivuitu's suspicious mode of declaring Kibaki as president and Kibaki's hurriedly arranged swearing-in ceremony. The election observer team, reputed to be the largest to be dispatched anywhere around the globe, fell short of endorsing the Raila presidency and it is suspected some of them may find their way to Uhuru Park tomorrow afternoon.
Without a (sworn) cabinet in place, Kibaki may be tempted to declare a state of emergency in order to bring the country to manageable level but this will paralyze social, economic and political activities. This will certainly not argur well for government parliamentary business for his fragile and battered coalition.