Ignore calls to boycott poll, leaders urge locals

Sophie Njoka, Murimi Mutiga, Mathew Ndung’u and Clement Kamau @PeopleDailyKe

A Nasa governor yesterday urged Kenyans to ignore the coalition’s call for boycott of presidential election scheduled for Thursday. Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja, his Machakos counterpart and an MP called on Kenyans to turn up in large numbers and participate in the election, terming Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s boycott calls reckless, ill-advised and a contempt of court.

Samboja, who was elected on Wiper Party ticket, defied the Opposition’s calls and urged his county residents to participate in the poll. Speaking in Mwatate, he said the poll will continue as planned because the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has not cancelled it.

He added that he will work closely with President Uhuru Kenyatta to promote development in the country. And in talkshow at Kameme TV yesterday, Governor Mutua condemned the Opposition’s plot to stage protests during the Thursday poll.

He said the country’s economy has deteriorated, adding that Kenyans are tired of low money circulation, looting of their property, loss of lives and persisting tension. He said no protests will be allowed in his county on Thursday.

“We must show we believe in democracy, which provides that you might not agree with me but I have a right to express myself,” he said. Elsewhere, Kiambaa MP Paul Koinange said Raila’s claim that there will be no election on Thursday amounts to contempt of court. He accused Raila of defying the Supreme Court ruling of September 1.

Meanwhile, Social Democratic Party (SDP) Chairman Mwandawiro Mganga has said the party will support Uhuru’s re-election in the Thursday poll.

“We have decided to back Uhuru because Nasa has refused to put its house in order. It is in Jubilee Party that the interests of our people will be taken care of,” he said. Mganga said the current impasse can be resolved through the ballot.

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