Jubilee, NASA trade barbs in Friday campaigns

March 24, 2017 6:38 pm
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NASA Principals Raila Odinga and Moses Wetangula share a light moment at the Masinde Grounds in Mathare on Friday/COURTESY

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 24 – Jubilee Party and CORD leaders on Friday held political rallies in various parts of the country as they intensified the hunt for votes ahead of the August General Election.

Deputy President William Ruto was in Kihoto Grounds in Naivasha where he urged residents to vote for the Jubilee Administration, while accusing CORD leader Raila Odinga of having squandered his opportunity when he was Prime Minister.

“As we speak, they have failed to get a candidate; they don’t have policies to run on, calling for mass action is the only thing they can agree on,” the Deputy President said.

He rebutted Odinga’s claim that the SGR project was the initiative of the Grand Coalition Government under him and former President Mwai Kibaki.

“They cannot plan for developmental matters such as construction of the railway line, educating the country’s children who are of school going age or how the electricity will be connected across the country; on these matter they don’t have a clue,” Ruto amid cheers from Jubilee supporters.

“The only thing they can agree on is protests.. they can quickly agree on who will carry stones and who will sit on the tarmac.”

On the other hand, the CORD leader was leading fellow presidential aspirants Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) and Moses Wetangula (Ford-Kenya) at a rally in Mathare’s Masinde Muliro Grounds, Nairobi.

The former premier once again refuted claims that the coalition is facing a possible split because he and his co-principals cannot agree on who to fly the NASA flag.

“They have spread so much propaganda about my brother, Kalonzo. I want to assure you that Kalonzo is fully in NASA and he is not going anywhere. Kalonzo and I vied under a joint ticket in the last elections and I can confirm that he is a man, he is not a coward,” Odinga, who took to the podium first stated.

Musyoka announced that the coalition be making an incursion into Central Kenya as they enhance their vote hunting mission.

“If you hear someone spreading malicious rumours about Kalonzo, dismiss him with the contempt he deserves and tell them off against dragging Kalonzo’s name into the schemes. Tell them that!” the former Vice-President said.

Mudavadi on his part cautioned the IEBC and Parliament against moving an amendment to the Section 44 of the IEBC Act which would allow the Commission to revert to the manual register.

This is after the IEBC announced cancellation of the Kenya Integrated Elections Management System (KIEMS) tender it had advertised on December 16, 2016.

Mudavadi said KIEMS was to play a critical role in integrating the bio-metric voter registration, electronic voter identification and results transmission systems.

“We in NASA are united and we stand for free, fair and credible elections. We want electoral technology to be used as provided in the law,” the re-energised ANC leader said.

On Friday, IEBC announced it had single sourced the tender to Safran Identity & Security.

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero assured the Principals that he will lead NASA to winning a minimum of 13 of the 24 elective posts in Nairobi County.

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