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Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 15:36 EATnkiru@kenyafreepress.com
NASA presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga, has today named 42 securty officers he says have been recruited as IEBC clerks in an effort to rig the August 8 General Elections. He however declared that the momentum is with NASA which is poised for an outright win and urged Jubilee must end these manoeuvres.
“Let it be a civilian election, not a military election…neither do we want our soldiers to be used as jubilee agents”, he said.
Addressing a Press Conference at his Capitol Hill offices in Nairobi, Raila said the Jubilee administration was incorporating administration police and NYS officers among others to work as clerks in order to manipulate the election outcome just as they did in 2013.
The mobilization, he said began after a High Court ruling in April that presidential results announced at polling stations are final and aren’t subject to an appeal. He said the officers were picked from the GSU, NYS, Kenya Airport Police Unit, Traffic and Dog Unit among other security agencies.
Mr Odinga named Army Commander Robert Kibochi, Kenya Air Force Commander Major General Samuel Thuita, National Defence College boss Lt Gen Leonard Ngondi, Director of DCI Ndegwa Muhoro and Director General of National Intelligence Service Philip Kameru as being behind the vote-rigging plot.
Another meeting, the NASA flag bearer said took place on Friday 16th June, 2017 in Nairobi after a poll commissioned by the NIS edged Uhuru’s Jubilee after NASA scooped a 70% win tally to the latter’s 30%. The minutes of the said meeting also revealed the Raila win was a ‘tragic’ and therefore President Uhuru Kenyatta would reject the results and not hand over power.
Mr Odinga said the recruitments was an indication that Jubilee has panicked, adding that during the meeting they came up with three possible election outcomes and their likely repercussions’. The mobilization that is ongoing he said seem to fall within an “undisputed Odinga win”.
The officers being recruited are meant to perform the “special duties” after their kits were withdrawn and issued with clearance certificates and asked to report to police headquarters to be issued with discharge certificates on or before 2nd July 2017.
The Opposition Chief also dragged the name of acting Interior CS Dr Fred Matiang’i, saying he (Matiang’i) summoned Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials to talk about security matters and blackmailed them and cited President Kenyatta defending the CS during his coastal visit.
Mr Odinga asked those in charge to refrain from using state officers for duties they aren’t supposed to be involved.
This was followed by the former prime minister urging those in politics to do so and those not to be involved to do so in reference to Mr Matiang’i campaigning for Jubilee and also undertaking the role of a Cabinet Secretary. He also requested the IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati if the CS had an issue to discuss to let him come to the IEBC offices not him inviting them to his offices.
The ODM leader also raised questions which he demanded answers from Inspector General of police that included:
a) What is the nature of the special duties the police officers have been assigned?
b) What is the current posting of the police officers in question?
c) What are the criteria that were used to identify the officers to be picked for these special duties?
d) Which other police officers are involved in special duty assignments surrounding the upcoming general elections?
“Once again, we want to challenge President Kenyatta to go beyond mere rhetoric and show in action that he is prepared to play by the rules and respect the will of the Kenyan people in this election.
“Uhuru must not subvert the will of the people or overthrow our constitution. His maneuverers indicate that he is not prepared to respect the verdict of the people, contrary to his pronouncements”, he said.
And to NASA supporters, Mr Odinga stated “I wish to affirm that there is something good in Uhuru’s manoeuvres. They indicate Jubilee is struggling and Uhuru is beatable. Having failed the country by presiding over runaway corruption, massive unemployment and a malfunctioning economy, Uhuru has no achievement to show Kenyans and nothing to propel him”.