I did not incite anyone- Raila Odinga
Opposition leader Raila Odinga has refuted claims that he incited the Maasai community for forcefully evict Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials from office.
Raila trashed allegations, stating that he did not ask Maasais head to the electoral offices armed with rungus, pointing out that the weapons are a part of the community’s traditional garb.
He warned that most leaders have mastered the art of hoodwinking the electorate by using the ‘divide and rule’ method, adding that these divisive individuals capitalise on ethnic tensions.
Accompanied by Simba Arati, Junet Muhammed, Gladys Wanga, Agostino Neto and other regional party officials, the Opposition chief said they will closely monitor the work of the incoming IEBC commissioners.
“We will ensure that procurement is done afresh when new commissioners are in office, no one should mess the electoral process. The current staff should also be keen so that they are not manipulated by the outgoing team,” said Raila.
The CORD Leader stated that the new commissioners should have enough time to ready their ship before the polls, adding that – as a party – they expect the government to ensure that structures are in place before 2017.
Raila also commented on the agriculture woes facining the region, taking issue with the government for failing to improve on maize prices and inputs.
The Opposition leader said the cost of living had increased, adding that farmers have suffered since the Jubilee administration took office.
Tackling the row over Moi University’s leadership, the Opposition chief said the demonstrations were uncivilized, and they pointed at a failure by the leaders to use proper channels in addressing the stalemate.
He told leaders to avoid inciting communities in order to front for their favorites.
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