Wetangula claims Jubilee plotting to rig election


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Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula in a past press briefing. [Photo/Courtesy]

National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders have repeated their claim that the Jubilee administration is planning to use the military to rig the August 8th General Election.

Addressing journalists at Orange House in Nairobi, NASA co-principal Moses Wetangula said that the opposition has proof that the ruling coalition is training 42 security agents drawn from different agencies to act as presiding officers and polling clerks during the election next month.

“We released a document three days ago showing 42 police officers who will be recruited as presiding officers and polling clerks. Kenyans will remember a similar exercise was conducted prior to the 2013 General Election to influencet the elections’ outcome,” Wetangula said.

Nairobi Militarization

The Bungoma senator alleged that Nairobi County is being patrolled by military personnel who are stationed in the major roads in capital city.

“Nairobi has seen a high degree of militarization with all major roads heavily patrolled by army units designed to intimidate a population with very little familiarity of such display of crude and brute force,” Wetangula warned.

Wetangula added that his coalition has followed the right procedure while dealing with the issue, saying that the opposition has alerted observer missions.

“We want to re-assure everyone that we have taken every possible step to ensure that we stop this plan from coming to fruition. In the last three days, we have met and alerted the African Union, the European Union and other observer missions.

“We have also provided detailed information of these plans to the Chief Of Staff of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) ,the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett Director General NIS,the Attorney General and Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati,” said Wetangula.

Further, Wetangula said that the opposition has informed all human right groups and non-governmental organizations and expressed confidence that they will take the necessary actions in their own ways within their jurisdiction.

Hotspots

The Bungoma senator also faulted the listing of certain regions by the police as possible election violence hot spots, saying the regions listed are all NASA strongholds.

“Jubilee has also listed certain regions as possible election violence hot spots but we are concerned that all of them happen to be  NASA strongholds,” Wetangula said.

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