Kenya Kwanza leaders have warned of an ongoing national Identity cards mop up exercise allegedly being undertaken by chiefs in Kirinyaga aimed at suppressing voters turnout.
The leaders who included National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi, Governor Anne Waiguru and Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki, accused Principle Secretary Karanja Kibicho of allegedly instructing Chief to mop up the IDs.
The leaders said voters were being given money in exchange of their identity cards in exercises disguised as training conferences.
Muturi said the ID mop up is meant to deny voters the right to participate in the August 9th polls.
“We are asking you to take the money being given out by PS Kibicho and use it because it is your money. This is the money you pay as taxes. Use the money and ensure you vote for Ruto,” Muturi said.
Muturi asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to appreciate those who helped him ascend to power after nullification of his election in 2017 because he had given up.
“Uhuru wanted to abandon Kenyans at the hour of need and this could have sunk the country into chaos. It’s is us together with Ruto who forced him to accept repeat polls,” he added.
Governor Waiguru asked voters not to sell their voting right to those buying their IDs.
She said the ongoing relief food distribution beings pear headed by Chief under PS Kibicho was meant to coerce voters to support Azimio Presidential candidate Raila Odinga.
Waiguru asked Chiefs to refuse being used by state operatives to interfere with the elections.
On his part, Kindiki asked PS Kibicho to stop misuse of public funds to coerce voters to support Raila and other Azimio candidates.
He said Mt. Kenya people will vote for Ruto to reject politics of betrayal saying President Uhuru Kenyatta owe his position to Ruto.
Kindiki said were it not for Ruto’s firmness, Uhuru had given upon Presidency after the nullification of the 2017 poll results by the Supreme court.
“Uhuru has confirmed that without William Ruto, he could not be president, he had given upon repeat elections,” he said.
He asked Uhuru to retire in peace without engaging in unnecessary fights with other leaders.
“We are telling youth at you have less than one month in office, retire in peace, we will protect you as constitution demands,” he added.
On local politics, Muturi asked Kirinyaga voters to reject independent gubernatorial candidate Wangui Ngirici saying she has been a silent Member of Parliament.
Speaking at Kiamutugu are in Gichugu constituency, Muturi claimed Wangui had failed the people of Kirinyaga during her tenure as Woman Representative as she had not tabled even a single motion or participated in debates.
Muturi said Wangui is not equal to the task of a governor because she had failed as a Woman Representative.
“I know her very well, as your woman Rep she was a silent member of parliament, she ranked poorly among MPs, she has been silent While other leaders like Gichugu Mp Gichimu Githinji were tabling motions to help coffee and tea farmers. She is not equal to the task,” Muturi said.
He asked voters to give Waiguru another term in office to complete all development projects she had initiated saying neighbouring counties were envying her work.