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Former Prime Minister Odinga tells Al Jazeera “Every Kenyan” has had to pay bribes



The former Kenyan Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, told Al Jazeera English’s Mehdi Hasan that he was “very worried” that next year’s general election could turn violent and that he would not participate if the Electoral Commission is not reformed in time.

• The former Kenyan Prime Minister admits that “every Kenyan” including himself has had to pay bribes, and that he has also “been offered bribes” in the past

• Warns that he is “very worried” about violence in next year’s general election

• The opposition leader says “there will be no reason for us to participate” in the elections if the current Electoral Commission is not reformed

• Accuses the Kenyan government of an “intolerable amount of interference” during the ICC trial of Kenyan Vice President William Ruto at the ICC

• Says that he will withdraw Kenyan troops from Somalia within one year, if he is made President

Odinga and Hasan were joined by a panel of three experts: Nic Cheeseman, Professor at the African Studies Centre at Oxford University; Agnes Gitau, commentator and trade and investment advisor; and Parselelo Kantai, editor of The New African.

This series of Head to Head also includes interviews with former British Chancellor of the Exchequer Norman Lamont and Martin Indyk, former US Ambassador to Israel, advisor to President Bill Clinton and US Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations in 2013-2014. In each episode, Hasan goes head to head with a special guest, asking the probing and hard-hitting questions few dare to ask.

Kenya: Democracy on Trial? with Raila Odinga will be broadcast on 6 May 2016 at 20:00 GMT and repeated on the 7th of May at 12:00GMT, the 8th of May at 01:00 GMT and 9th of May at 06:00 GMT. This episode will be available online immediately after it first airs on YouTube and