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Uhuru told to prepare for defeat, warned against clinging onto power

Mr Odinga said that President and his team have been around the country, felt the ground and they know they have lost this election which he noted has disoriented Uhuru that he is ‘unashamedly propagating lies no one believes’.

By Phillip MuleeTuesday, 11 Jul 2017 19:05 EAT

NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga addressing media today at his Capitol Hill in Nairobi.

NASA Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga has today expressed fears that President Uhuru Kenyatta is preparing to reject election results because he now knows he will lose. He at the same time said the President was marshaling all armed forces to deal with challenges which ‘only he knows’.

Mr Odinga accused Uhuru of planning to rig the elections noting that the ongoing mobilization and training of the security apparatus was planning to put in place a dictatorship whereby the Constitution is overthrown and the President rules by force. He however urged the President to prepare to accept defeat.

In a strongly worded press statement that was emailed to newsrooms after he addressed a press conference at his Capitol Hill offices, Mr Odinga accused Uhuru and his Deputy William Ruto of lying intentionally, deliberately, and consistently to the country in addition to intimidation of independent institutions as campaigns have tightened and things swang out of the president’s control.

“Two lies the President has consistently told is that NASA wants elections postponed and that the Opposition in interested in a Nusu-Mkate arrangement that will see the opposition end up in a shared government with Jubilee. These lies have gone on hand in hand with massive preparation of security forces for deployment in selected areas supposedly in readiness for election chaos”, said Raila.

Why Jubilee believes there will be chaos and where the chaos will happen is baffling, he noted that the Kenyan people will not allow this to happen.

“Everyone has noticed that lately, President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto are a very angry couple. They are lashing out at everything and everyone with intemperate and uncouth language, constantly exploding into fits of rage and spreading lies and misinformation”, he said.

Mr Odinga was reacting to utterances by President Kenyatta yesterday in Turkana, where he said the opposition is free not to participate in the August 8 polls but they cannot sabotage the elections. Reacting to court ruling that stopped printing of presidential ballot papers, the President said the opposition should wait for 2022 if they feel they are not ready for the 2017 general election instead of using court cases to undermine the process.

“They should stop playing with the minds of Kenyans. If they are not ready for the polls, let them step aside and allow those who want to participate to do so instead of trying to sabotage the process. Kenyans are ready to go to the polls on August 8 and no one will deny them that right,” President Kenyatta said.

The ODM Leader said it has been seen over the years the increasing militarization of the Kenyan state and the moving of the President around the country in military fatigues. “There is a full scale mobilization and training of the Police, Kenya Wildlife Service warders, Kenya Forest Service warders, Prison warders and the Army at a scale that only exists in dictatorships where the Constitution is overthrown and the President rules by force”, he averred.

Throughout the history of democracy, Mr Odinga said established Kleptocracies involved in serious crimes cling to power at any cost, noting Jubilee has stolen too much and they are worried about leaving power.

Mr Odinga said that President and his team have been around the country, felt the ground and they know they have lost this election which he noted has disoriented Uhuru that he is ‘unashamedly propagating lies no one believes’.

He accused Uhuru of coming up with “Nusu mkate” fantasies and wild claims that NASA is afraid of elections because he thinks he will placate members of NASA by inviting them into the illegitimate government he plans to establish if he succeeds in rigging the forthcoming election.

The NASA flag bearer said he was prepared to protect the votes and avoid electoral theft having had the experience of two very tainted elections.

“We wish to tell him (President Kenyatta) that NASA has no desire to join his kleptocracy and wish to warn him again not to even dare think of rigging the forthcoming election. Mr President, don’t ruin our country for your selfish interests. Do not destroy our democracy. Do not overthrow away our Constitution”, Mr Odinga said.

Kenyans, he said have never experienced such trying times before in our history where food and all other commodities are out of reach of ordinary people. Kenyans in every region are suffering and want change, said adding that change they will have on 9th August when they will wake up to a new Kenya.


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