Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leader Raila Odinga has claimed that Jubilee is exhibiting signs of panic ahead of the 2017 General Election.
Speaking at the Wiper National Delegates Conference at Safaricom Indoors Arena in Kasarani on Tuesday, Raila claimed that there are baffling revelations that point at efforts by the Jubilee administration to rig the 2017 elections.
He claimed that Jubilee’s earlier calls for him (Raila) and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka to retire from politics, attempts to supposedly cling to the current commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and their apparent efforts to stop a referendum over electoral reforms are signs that the government is in panic mode.
“Jubilee has panicked. They have resorted to the tired script: warning imaginary foreigners from interfering with elections, issuing decrees against civic education and they are threatening to go to court when defeated,” stated Raila Odinga.
“Kenyans, not foreigners, want a regime change in Kenya and they will get it. Jubilee has realized money can’t buy them love.”
“They intend to use the proceeds of their fraud to steal the next polls. That will amount to exposing Kenyans to 10 years in the wilderness. We must not allow it to happen. We are united. We must remain united. And we must grow our numbers.”
He rubbished calls by President Uhuru Kenyatta, during his Jamhuri Day address, for a peaceful election saying the Opposition coalition CORD would only accept the results if they are free and fair.
“We are saying the elections will have to be free, fair, transparent and credible. The results will have to be verifiable. Then there will be no need to fear violence and there will be no need to go to court,” said the ODM party leader.
“CORD will respect the results of free, fair, credible and verifiable elections. We will accept nothing less. We will not accept an election driven only by desire for peace and whose mantra is “accept and move on.”
Raila Odinga revisited past drawn battle with Jubilee government over their alleged mistreatment saying the conduct of the government after the 2013 elections amounts to an act of intimidation.
“A number of our opponents thought the Wiper leader would not weather the storm and trials of Opposition politics and that his party would soon fold up and seek accommodation in Jubilee.
“The satanic minds in Jubilee that worship money and power laid out every trap to ensure such an eventuality. That is why they started the talk of Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka will only get their pensions if they retire from politics.
“That is how they began the story of Hon Kalonzo Musyoka and Raila Odinga cannot be allowed to use VIP lounges at our airports and must not use facilities of our missions abroad because they have been defeated and they are no longer leaders,” said Raila Odinga.
“They hoped that with so many difficulties on our path, we would simply succumb, go down on our knees and go to Jubilee begging.”
Raila equated their troubles with Jubilee government to Job from the bible, who was tempted to extreme ends as Satan attempted to push him to denounce God.
“As I went through the first chapter of Job, I was struck by Satan’s character; so much like Jubilee’s. On the day Satan showed up, God asked him, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered: “I am from roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”
“Like Satan, Jubilee has roamed, looking for people to confuse and to buy. Jubilee thought they would break our spirits and our unity through humiliation and insults that would make us lie low or retire and leave them to loot and plunder the country in peace.”
He claimed that the Opposition was stronger than before and ready to face them by strengthening its self and gathering more numbers.
“Theft of public resources, tribalism, threats to Devolution, marginalization of communities and regions and undermining the Constitution has become hallmarks of the Jubilee administration. Jubilee has become a cancer in our nation. Our citizens expect us to stop it before it spreads its tentacles to other parts of the body of our nation.
“Make no mistake. Jubilee is cursed with fraudsters who have used their skills these past four years to steal anything that can be stolen from Kenyans.
“Getting Jubilee out of power is therefore a patriotic duty that Kenyans expect us in CORD to help them realize,” Raila Odinga remarked.
The CORD leader called on the Opposition to unite and form a single force saying it is the only way to defeat Jubilee in 2017.