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Friday, 14 Jul 2017 16:44 EATjmwihaki@kenyafreepress.com
National Super Alliance (NASA) Presidential candidate Raila Odinga has castigated what he termed ‘an organized gang’ that attacked his campaign convoy in Murang’a and Kiambu counties on Thursday. He allayed fears that he did not enjoy following in the two counties and said the two rallies he addressed in Kenol in Murang’a and Thika town were well attended and peaceful.
Last night Mr Odinga appeared on NTV interview with Smriti Vidyathi and discussed how he plans to win the August 8 polls said his team was welcomed and cheered too in both Murang’a and Kiambu counties. He warned those who were behind the people who threw stones and heckled them against inciting others into violence. He defended NASA coalition, saying it does not support violence and condemned what he termed political Intolerance .
He also touched on the issue of insecurity in the country and criticized the Jubilee government for not having a withdrawal plan on Kenya Defence Force (KDF) Soldiers in Somalia. The NASA leader said if he wins the election he would withdraw the overstayed KDF in Somalia and send them to the Kenya Borders instead. He added that on matters of insecurity in Somalia he would negotiate with the international community.
He also supported claims made by his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka on Jubilee having agents who are buying ID cards from Kenyans especially in the NASA strongholds claiming “there is evidence all over the country that people are moving around buying ID cards.” The NASA leader said that this is not the first time that the buying of ID cards being bought since in the last election many ID cards were collected in Kisumu abandoned.
He also hit out Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) saying Kenyans were losing confidence on its operations. “They (IEBC) still have not inspired our confidence”, he said adding that IEBC has time to re-tender for the Presidential ballot papers after the court stopped Dubai based company from printing them. Mr Odinga also claimed that there are attempts to rig the August 8th elections and repeated his claims that the government was militarizing security apparatus to assist in the process. However he said that if NASA loses fairly in the elections they will accept and concede defeat.
He defended the NASA party’s Manifesto against claims of it being copied from the jubilee Manifesto. On corruption, he said that if NASA wins the election its principals and Cabinet Secretaries will not be allowed to have any business or source of income out of the government services. Mr Odinga also said that they will empower the Auditor General together with the Director of Public Prosecution to enable them handle their work effectively.
Mr Odinga also discussed the current food crisis and expressed concern with the Jubilee government’s failure to resolve the Unga shortage despite assurances that there was enough maize imports.