President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have hit out at CORD leader Raila Odinga over his claims that the National Intelligence Service (NIC) was helping Jubilee rig August elections.
In separate addresses in Kirinyaga and Kitale, the two leaders claimed that Raila’s claims should be disregarded since they are only aimed at causing tension in the country.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was in Kirinyaga for a voter registration campaign, labelled CORD leader Raila a hate monger whose only intention is aimed at causing divisions ahead of the polls.
“He (Raila) is only focused on spreading hate and causing tension ahead of August elections by propagating claims that are unfounded,” said President Uhuru.
“It is such claims by Raila that led to the 2007 post-elections violence and we do not want a repeat of the same. I promise to conduct my campaigns in a peaceful manner and shun such politics of ethnicity and hate.” [Watch video below]
The Jubilee leadership was irked by CORD leader Raila Odinga’s claims on Tuesday in Mombasa that NIS was ferrying people from Uganda and Ethiopia to register as voters and vote for President Uhuru Kenyatta in the August elections.
“We have credible information that the National Intelligence Service (NIS) is involved in the on-going voter registration with the aim of influencing results in August, the same way it did in 2007 and 2013,” stated Raila Odinga.
“NIS interference in the current voter registration involves taking BVR kits across our borders into Uganda and Ethiopia and assisting citizens of the two countries to register in a Kenyan election process.”
Raila further stated that the spy agency is also assisting citizens of Uganda and Ethiopia to acquire Kenyan identification documents, then helping them to cross into the country and register as voters.
But in a rejoinder, Deputy President William Ruto claimed that Raila’s constant complaints are an indicates that he is unprepared for the August elections.
“First they said they did not want IEBC commissioners and we replaced them, then they said they wanted the register to be audited and when we began the process they went to court to stop it; now they are claiming we want to use NIS to rig the elections,” stated DP Ruto.
“My advice to CORD leader Raila Odinga is this – while it is his right to participate in the elections, it is not a must. If CORD are not ready to face us in the August elections they should just skip it and wait for 2022.”
Raila and other CORD leaders Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula and Amani National Congress (ANC) have stated that they will only accept free and fair elections in August.