, NAIROBI, Kenya Sep 23 – Narc Kenya is now demanding action by the Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) against government officials who openly used state resources to campaign for candidates in the just concluded parliamentary by-elections.
Party Chairperson Martha Karua cited Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Deputy PM Uhuru Kenyatta, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and a host of ministers who blazed the campaign trail relying on government facilities, and using the Provincial Administration.
Ms Karua added; "Let those who want to vie for political seats do so without using State resource or putting on the government cap in order to peddle influence."
The former Cabinet Minister who was accompanied by the two newly elected MPs Gidion \’Mike Sonko\’ Mbuvi (Makadara) and William Kabogo (Juja) also told off her opponents who have claimed that the two used unfair means to win their parliamentary seats.
"We are totally definite that this win was a clean win. I want anybody to show me any other party that cautioned members of the public not to be influenced by money and broke it down to them to show how useless receiving handouts is," she said.
She was responding to attacks from PNU which is smarting from Monday\’s disastrous performance which saw it lose the Juja and Makadara parliamentary seats.
In Juja, PNU candidate George Thuo was trounced by Mr Kabogo who had successfully filed the petition challenging the former\’s election.
Mr Kabogo garnered 45,020 votes while Mr Thuo came in a distant third with 19,366 votes behind Kenya National Congress party\’s Alice Wambui with 24,326 votes.
In Makadara, PNU\’s Dick Wathika also finished a distant third behind newcomer Gidion Mbuvi Kioko of Narc Kenya who garnered 19,106 votes. Mr Wathika who announced he was quitting politics yesterday managed 10,480 votes only.
Mr Kabogo also defended his party over the allegations that it bought voters.
"Why is it that no one questioned when Mr Kenyatta and Mr Musyoka spent four days in Juja campaigning with all the state machinery from government limousines which were flying national flags, to using police and military choppers to move around?" he wondered.
He added: "I don\’t understand this infatuation with Kabogo\’s chopper and Kabogo\’s Hummer or do you want me to ride on a bicycle so that you feel good?"