ORANGE OPPOSITION

Democracy and the 2017 Presidential Elections in Kenya.

 

ODM, the Orange Democratic Movement, campaigned as an opposition political party in the 2017 Kenyan Presidential elections. Together with other center-left parties, ODM formed part of a coalition called the National Super Alliance, commonly referred to as NASA.

In the 2017 Presidential race, NASA’s leader, Raila Odinga, challenged incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta. In an August election fraught with allegations of vote-rigging, Uhuru won. Citing vote irregularities, Raila and ODM filed a case with the Kenyan Supreme Court to invalidate the results. The court decreed that there must be an election re-do, and campaigning for round two of the national elections continued through fall 2017.

Raila Odinga is known for his fiery speeches on democracy, human rights and ideals of equality for all Kenyans. He addresses his supporters at frequent public and online gatherings, and rallies filled with attendees sporting ODM's characteristic orange attire marked the lead-up to the second round of presidential elections in 2017.

While critics call Raila hungry for power and accuse him of stoking ethnic tensions with his frequent mention of Luo rights, others claim that Raila Odinga's role—as an “opposition” voice— has contributed to constructive debates on the nature of Kenyan democracy. Following are images from some of Raila’s 2017 campaign events, showcasing the popular-rallies-style political agitating of the Orange Opposition.

ODM NASA Raila Odinga supporters at a rally in Nairobi Uhuru Park

Raila Odinga supporters wear Orange, the official color of ODM, and caps emblazoned with Raila's initials RAO. 

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Baseball caps form a sea of orange during a NASA rally in Nairobi's Uhuru Park. 

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A supporter reacts to seeing Raila Odinga's motorcade driving through downtown Nairobi.

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Nariobi

Raila fans wear clothes showing their support for the opposition leader. 

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Raila Odinga, ODM, Kenya

The man himself: Raila Amolo Odinga speaks into an orange microphone, the official color of his movement. 

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NASA supporters sit in a tree to get a better view of a stage where political speeches were delivered in the lead-up to the repeat October 2017 Presidential elections.  

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"Team NASA"

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After a rally, attendees exit Uhuru Park. As people approached the road outside the park, police fired tear gas at those walking downtown or trying to board matatus.

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