Opposition is not ready for August polls, says Devolution CS

By Rufus Hunja

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri has dismissed claims by NASA principal Kalonzo Musyoka that Jubilee is setting up secret polling stations to rig elections.

Kiunjuri says the opposition is not ready for the August polls saying the case NASA has filed at the High Court on the ballot paper printing tender is an attempt to ensure elections do not take place as scheduled.

Speaking after attending a church service in Nairobi County, Kiunjuri said the case against the tender to print ballot papers by NASA is a testament that they are not ready for elections and want to get into power through negotiations.

And speaking in Garissa, National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale said Jubilee will win the August election unanimously saying NASA will not manage to garner more than five million votes.

Elsewhere, Garissa Governor Nathif Jama has dismissed reports that the High Court froze one of his personal accounts to allow the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to scrutinize transactions amounting to 5.3 billion shillings saying he doesn’t operate such an account.

Jama said he will make public bank statements of his personal accounts even as he blamed his political rivals for the malicious claims.

In Narok, Narok North MP Moitalel ole Kenta has urged ODM party leader Raila Odinga to endorse and campaign for the party’s Narok gubernatorial candidate Joseph Tiampati Ole Musuni the same way Chama cha Mashinani party leader Isaac Ruto is campaigning for his party’s candidate Patrick ole Ntutu.

In the neighboring Machakos County, Wiper party gubernatorial candidate Wavinya Ndeti says the Kamba community must support NASA in the August polls saying flag bearer Raila Odinga will serve for only one term and then endorse Kalonzo Musyoka in 2022.

Machakos governor Alfred Mutua has however termed the remarks as reckless and called on the relevant authorities to investigate Wavinya claiming she is threatening those who do not support NASA.

Meanwhile, the Amani National congress party will hold a 10,000 shillings per plate dinner to support its operations during the electioneering period with Lugari MP Ayub Savula urging parties to fundraise openly so as to lock out brokers.

With the heightened political activity, religious leaders have called for peaceful campaigns urging Kenyans to foster peace during the election period.

Addressing hundreds of peace ambassadors under the banner Global Peace Ambassadors at Bridge Resort in Mombasa, Apostle Joseph Likiti of the Global Arise and Shine Evangelism said Kenyans should pray for a prosperous united nation and not a bitterly divided one after the polls.

He said Kenyans should reject any sort of chaos such as the one witnessed in the 2007/08 post-election violence.

The cleric said politicians should allow the electorates to exercise their democratic rights and vote for leaders of their choice without ‘threats, intimidation and blackmail’.

He said 4 million peace ambassadors have been activated in most of the 47 counties to campaign for peaceful elections.






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