Nasa flagbearer Raila Odinga and running mate Kalonzo Musyoka have dared the government to shut down social media, saying freedom of speech cannot be curtailed. They warned that any move to disable the Internet during the election will create unnecessary tension.
Raila also claimed that acting Interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i has been having secret meetings with IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati and CEO Ezra Chiloba to hatch a plan to rig votes.
He said Matiang’i has openly campaigned for Jubilee and cannot, therefore, serve as a neutral arbiter in any electoral disputes. “We will not allow you to manipulate institutions of elections, IEBC cannot be manipulated by Matiang’i,” he said during a rally at Woodley Grounds off Ngong Road in Nairobi. Raila expressed confidence that peace will prevail in the country during and after elections and urged supporters not flee Nairobi.
“Don’t worry because nothing is going to happen, when you take your wives and children upcountry, you will be taking my votes home,” he said. Kalonzo warned National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) chairman Francis ole Kaparo against deactivating social media or face unspecified consequences.
“I want to tell NCIC not to play with free media…insults are not hate speech, they are just politics,” he said. The Opposition duo was accompanied by Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, Machakos Senator Johnston Muthama, Women Rep aspirant Esther Passaris and her Senate counterpart Edwin Sifuna.
Raila called for six-piece voting for Nasa candidates as it emerged ODM and Wiper have agreed to share positions on a ratio of 60-40 respectively where either of the two parties have strong support. Kalonzo warned coalition parties not to allow ‘sibling rivalry’ to advantage Jubilee aspirants.