Jubilee deploying KDF to rig the August 8 elections-Raila Odinga


NASA flagbearer Raila Odinga has accused the ruling party jubilee of sending 100 KDF soldiers to Kakamega for the purpose of vote rigging.

The opposition leader claimed on Tuesday that the soldiers were sent to the area in order to rig the August 8 general elections.

During a press conference in Nairobi, Raila said that KDF soldiers are being trained for recruitment as polling and presiding officers to help rig the election.

He added that several officers are being hosted in Kakamega at the former provincial HQ and are being prepared to become returning officers.

Raila also claimed that there is a parallel between what is happening now and the run up to the 2007 general elections where the soldiers were training civilians at the same venue.

“We are challenging the national government and leaders of security forces to explain why military officers are training civilians,” he said.

The NASA presidential candidate also said that training of KDF officers on crowd control is going on at Embakasi military barracks.

He noted that considering the violence that occurred after the 2007 polls, the country needs good leadership and peace.

“This country deserves good leadership. It is upon us to prevent a repeat of what happened in 2007. That is why we are pointing this out,” he said.

The ODM leader linked the National Intelligence Service (NIS) to a vote rigging scheme by the Jubilee administration.

He claimed that the top brass at the NIS and top security officials have been holding secret meetings chaired by former Chief of Defence Forces General Julius Karangi to ensure that the incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta holds on to power at all costs.

He said that those present in the secret meetings which have been going on at Great Rift Valley Lodge, Lake Elementaita lodge and Lake Naivasha lodge included the army commander, commandant of the National Defence College, commander of the Air force and CID and NIS directors.

This is not the first time Raila has faulted the NIS for vote rigging. Earlier this year, he accused the agency of meddling in the affairs of the IEBC by including foreign subjects on the voter registration lists.

The IEBC and the Interior ministry vehemently denied the accusations terming them as “malicious and intended to undermine the voter registration process”.




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