, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 10 – The National Alliance (TNA) has said it will take legal action against Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka for alleging that they deleted Kethi Kilonzo’s from the voter register.
TNA’s Legal Secretary Jasper Mbiuki said Musyoka’s allegations were not only careless but defamatory as they were not based on fact but emotions.
“Kalonzo Musyoka’s wild allegations yesterday are cheap as an analogue politician struggling to revive a dead political career can get,” Mbiuki said in a statement to newsrooms.
He said the governing party’s legal team was going over footage of a press conference Musyoka gave on Tuesday in order to build a case.
At the conference Musyoka said: “TNA is IEBC (the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission) and IEBC is TNA. TNA must have tampered with the voter register, hence deleting Kethi’s name.”
As for Musyoka’s questioning of the means by which TNA was able to determine Kethi’s registration status, Mbiuki responded: “Well, Mr Musyoka, the answer is simple. TNA is a professionally run political party; staffed by competent, enthusiastic young persons who are knowledgeable on the law.”
Mbiuki took exception to the accusation that TNA tampered with the voter register or came to its possession in an underhand manner stating; “On February 20 the IEBC made available for public perusal the National Voters Register to all political parties.”
The governing party has made no apologies for blowing the whistle on Kethi’s voter registration status arguing that they would have taken the same course of action whoever the political aspirant was.
“Clearly, the Wiper Democratic Party does not have any structures or systems in place to vet its own candidates as required not only by the Law but also by commonsense,” Mbiuki said.
He then called on Wiper to focus its energies less on saving face and more on sharpening its political edge. “We loathe giving advice to our political competitors but in this case we shall make an exception… Wiper Democratic Party cannot continue being so run-down that it cannot perform a simple task such as vetting its own candidates to ensure they are duly registered voters.”
“It is not good for the growth and development of politics in Kenya that one of the leading political parties in the country is so utterly devoid of leadership, competence or professionalism,” Mbiuki said.
Mbiuki’s sentiments are a reflection of the no holds barred approach that has so far characterised the lead up to the Makueni Senate seat by-election scheduled for July 22.