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The ODM executive director said people from the US participated in the rigging of the election.

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) executive director Oduor Ongwen has sensationally claimed that unnamed figures from the United States conspired against Raila Odinga in the August 9 General Election.

Ongwen said that some of the board members of the firm that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) charged with deploying the election technology are US nationals.

The electoral agency contracted Smartmatic International Holding B.V to supply the voting technology in the elections conducted two months ago.

He said the supposed conspirators were keen on not allowing astute leaders of the late John Magufuli's kind to take power in the East African region.

"Look at the board of Smartmatic. You will see that a former president of the United States of America (USA) is a member and is somebody some of you might even have admired. And they said not again to have a Magufuli in East Africa. So this thing was not being done here in Karen, this was a global conspiracy. It is a reality," said Ongwen.

ODM Executive Director Oduor Ongwen. Photo: Courtesy.

Ongwen spoke on Friday, October 7, during the launch of his Stronger Than Faith memoir.

His claims elicited reactions from Kenya, a majority arguing the aide to Raila is yet to heal from the August 9 loss.

Raila lost his fifth presidential bid to President William Ruto who was making his first stab.

Ruto garnered over 7.1 million votes to be declared the winner of the presidential vote; Raila trailed in second place with upward of 6.9 million votes.

The ODM boss challenged Ruto's win in the Supreme Court which ultimately upheld the IEBC's declaration.

The apex court's verdict would pave the way for Ruto's inauguration as Kenya's fifth president.