Raila accuses Kimemia of poll bias

February 21, 2013 10:17 am


PM Raila Odinga addressed a media briefing at the Wilson Airport. Photo/ FELIX MAGARA
PM Raila Odinga addressed a media briefing at the Wilson Airport. Photo/ FELIX MAGARA
NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 21 – The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) says it has written to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission over an alleged plot to rig the election by certain top officials in government.

Speaking at the Wilson Airport before flying to Marakwet and Kitui to campaign ahead of the March 4 elections, the coalition’s presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka accused Head of Public Service Francis Kimemia of being partisan.

Odinga said the letter which was copied to observers and diplomatic missions in the country provided evidence over their claims that civil servants were involved in politics.

“The letter is giving details of meetings which have been held, the venues and participants of those meetings and even the content of what had been discussed.”

“Very senior officers of the government are involved, the names being mentioned were not just picked out of the blues; there is substantial evidence to show that those officers have been actively involved in the electioneering process.”

The CORD leaders are now demanding Kimemia’s resignation accusing him of partisan politics. The two leaders claimed Kimemia has been using the provincial administration to campaign for their rivals.

“He has become a party activist. If someone wants to participate in politics he should quit,” said Odinga.

Kimemia through Government Spokesman Muthui Kariuki denied allegations that he favours any political party and warned that any civil servant found engaging in partisan politics would be sacked.

Odinga and Kalonzo also alleged that the threats against the Chief Justice Willy Mutunga were part of a wider scheme by a section of the government to frustrate elections and reform.

CJ Mutunga on Wednesday said that he was threatened over the integrity case against Jubilee leaders Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto.


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