No CREDIBLE polls, no PEACE! – Raila
The opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leader, Raila Odinga, has warned the Jubilee administration against rigging the 2017 elections in favour of the incumbent, President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Odinga, who was speaking in Kipkaren, Lugari on Monday, December 19 during the burial of Kakamega Catholic Bishop emeritus Philip Sulumeti’s mother, said that the opposition is aware of Jubilee’s plan to rig the 2017 elections in favour of President Kenyatta.
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He warned that such a move with attract unspecified consequences saying that the opposition will not sit back and allow the government to steal the election.
“We are saying as the opposition that any attempt by Jubilee to rig the 2017 elections will not be taken lightly,” said Odinga in Swahili.
Odinga further denied claims by a section of Jubilee Members of Parliament led by Leader of Majority Aden Duale that he was planning to use a Mr Michael Yard, the Global Chief of Party at IFES, to rig the elections and institute a change of regime through use of technology.
Duale alleged that Mr Odinga was planning to use Yard, a Canadian national, to manipulate the voter registration and polling exercises to force a regime change.
Odinga, who was accompanied by the Amani National Congress (ANC) leader, Musalia Mudavadi, further accused Jubilee of planning to change the Elections Law (Amendment) Act, 2016.
The opposition says that Jubilee is planning to change the electoral laws to allow use of manual voting system should the Biometric system fail, a move the CORD leader says is meant to orchestrate theft of the elections.
On his part, Mudavadi called on legislators not to allow for any amendments on the electoral laws saying that bringing back the manual system of voting and votes transmission was likely to plunge the country to chaos.
Odinga and Mudavadi threatened to lead street protests should Parliament, which will hold a special session on Tuesday, December 20, make any amendments to the electoral laws.
Mudavadi said that the ruling Jubilee Administration is in panic mode following the formation of the National Super Alliance (NASA), which brings together CORD’s Raila Odinga, Kalonzo musyoka and Moses Wetangula and ANC’s Musalia Mudavadi.
He said that NASA would unseat the Jubilee government by winning the 2017 elections with a landslide.
Although not officially launched, NASA, a political outfit between the two opposition coalitions has not been received with open arms by Kalonzo and Wetangula who have termed Mudavadi as an outsider who should not be allowed to fly the opposition’s flag in the 2017 polls.
All the four opposition leaders have been endorsed by their respective parties as presidential candidates in the August 8, 2017 elections.
John Wanyama contributed to this report