National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga quietly returned to the country following his four-day trip to Zanzibar.
Raila's spokesman Dennis Onyango and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Director of Communications Philip Etale confirmed that Raila jetted back to the the country on Wednesday evening.
Raila traveled to Zanzibar only a day after his grand welcome following a 10-day trip in the US turned chaotic. Although details of his tour to Zanzibar remain scanty, his long time advisor Salim Lone told New York times that the opposition leader left the country after the unrest witnessed in Nairobi on Friday and Sunday last week.
“The unrest pushed Mr Odinga out of the country. He left Kenya on Sunday night, according to Salim Lone, a longtime adviser to Mr Odinga and his political party. He is now in Zanzibar, off the coast of Mainland Tanzania, " NYT quoted Lone.
In a statement on Monday on behalf of Raila after the Supreme Court upheld President Uhuru's re-election, Lone said the verdict did not change National Super Alliance's position on legitimacy of President Uhuru.
“We in Nasa had repeatedly declared before this Supreme Court ruling today that we consider this government to be illegitimate and do not recognise it,” he said.
“This position has not been changed by the court ruling, which did not come as a surprise. It was a decision taken under duress. We do not condemn the court, we sympathise with it.”
"As such, the court’s decision today could not possibly legitimise an illegitimate government whose president had publicly accused the court of having carried out a 'coup' by annulling his election and threatened to 'fix' the justices once he was back in power," Lone charged.
NASA leaders have threatened to swear-in Raila as president.