Don’t vote, Raila tells Kisii, Nyamira

Evans Nyakundi and Robert Ochoro @PeopleDailyKe

Nasa leaders yesterday took their election boycott campaigns to Nyamira and Kisii counties where they asked residents to keep off polling stations on Thursday.

The alliance presidential candidate Raila Odinga and co-principals Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula urged members of the Abagusii community not to be lured into participating in the election which they termed as illegal.

Addressing supporters in Kijauri, Keroka and Keumbu market and at a rally at the Gusii Stadium, the Nasa flag bearer claimed the August 8 election was manipulated in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Raila reiterated that Nasa would not take part in the Thursday election unless the IEBC carries out reforms to prevent a repeat of irregularities and illegalities that caused the nullification of the August 8 election by the Supreme Court. He said IEBC had ignored the Supreme Court’s order to open its servers because it knew the results of the presidential election had been interfered with.

“Had they agreed to open the servers, there would have been no need for a repeat election which is also a waste of taxpayers’ money,” said Raila. He accused some members of the commission of serving the interests of Jubilee Party.

Raila said former IEBC commissioner Roselyn Akombe was forced to resign in protest of how the repeat election was being organised. He said Akombe had fled the country after she received death threats like Chris Musando, the commission’s ICT officer who was killed a few days to the August 8 General Election.

Wetang’ula challenged IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati to come out and declare his stand, saying the commission had been hijacked by the Executive and members of his commission had openly shown they have no respect for him. He cautioned Chebukati that he would shoulder the blame should the Thursday election lead to violence.

The Bungoma senator also claimed the Jubilee government had hatched a plot to have Akombe sacked from her United Nation’s job. Mudavadi accused the Jubilee government of using illegal militias to attack Nasa supporters who, he said, were exercising their democratic right of holding demonstrations.

He asked the Director of Public Prosecutions Kiriako Tobiko to prosecute acting Interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i for allegedly reviving banned militia groups and using them to fight the Opposition. Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati alleged that illegal printing of ballot papers was being done at Karen GSU Training School with the aim of rigging the election in favour of Jubilee.

Other leaders present at Nasa rallies were governors James Ongwae (Kisii), Okoth Obado (Migori) and John Nyagarama (Nyamira). Others were senators Okongo O’ Mogeni (Nyamira), Sam Ongeri (Kisii) and MPs Janet Ongera, Ben Momanyi, Vincent Kemosi, Millie Odhiambo, Gladys Wanga, Esther Passaris, Adipo Kuome, Babu Owino, James Otieno and Onyango Oloo. The leaders vowed to mobilise their supporters to boycott the October 26 election.

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