DP Ruto takes on Raila for ‘threatening’ IEBC
Deputy President William Ruto has launched a scathing attack on National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga for threatening the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) saying that the body’s independence is protected by the constitution.
In a series of tweets the DP told off Raila for issuing the commission with a raft of demands insisting that the embattled commission will conduct and oversee the October 17 presidential election.
“For how long will one man, unable to win elections, continue to blackmail 45m Kenyans using threats of violence, chaos, bloodshed & anarchy?” DP Ruto tweeted
The Jubilee Party presidential running mate noted that every Kenyan including IEBC commissioners are protected by the constitution.
“Every Kenyan, those at IEBC included have the protection of the Constitution. Nobody, however mighty, should threaten them in any way or form.” DP Ruto tweeted.
Ruto’s remarks comes a few hours after the opposition launched a nationwide campaign to ‘sensitize ’Kenyans on the unsuitability of IEBC (as currently constituted) to conduct the repeat presidential election on October 17.
The opposition has called for the resignation of IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba and other commissioners who it claims bungled the August 8 polls.
Raila has also demanded that Safran Morpho a French biometric system supplier, stopped from supplying the IEBC with voter identification and results transmission technology in the fresh Presidential Election. Similarly he has also demanded that Dubai based printing and publishing firm be blocked from printing ballot papers in the October 17 election.
This comes after the Supreme Court annulled President Kenyatta’s win the August 8 polls citing massive illegalities and irregularities which has in turn led to fiery exchanges between the two front runners Jubilee Party’s Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA’s Raila Odinga.
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