, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 6 – Jubilee Coalition leaders now say the latest outburst by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy is due to the fear of losing the 2017 General Election.
National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale and TNA Chairman Johnson Sakaja argue that CORD is terrified after President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto started making inroads in Western and Coastal regions which voted for Raila Odinga in the 2013 polls.
The leaders said the Odinga’s unwarranted attacks on the IEBC, the Judiciary and the Executive are aimed at fomenting a credibility crisis with intention of leading the country into anarchy.
“They are preparing because they know have lost ground in Western and Coast and the Malindi seat will be the deciding factor. They are losing ground in Kisii; they are losing ground in the pastoral areas, and they will lose ground in Nairobi. The die is cast and they are preparing their supporters psychologically because they know they are going to lose,” Duale charged.
They were responding to Odinga’s allegations that the Jubilee Coalition was buying off Opposition MPs and are planning to rig the next elections.
Sakaja said it is contradictory for CORD to blame Jubilee for undermining institutions of governance yet at the same time calling for unorthodox means to deal with the IEBC.
They also welcomed the directive by the Director of Public Prosecutions to the CID to interrogate Mombasa politician Suleiman Shahbal over remarks Jubilee “will steal 2017 elections.”
Duale dismissed Odinga’s assertion that the Jubilee Coalition is the most corrupt administration in Kenya’s history.
“This government has taken the war on corruption head on. We will turn it into an achievement for this coalition when the time comes. It is only this government under the leadership of the President that over 375 public servants from ministers, who are very close to the president have been arraigned in court and prosecuted. It is only this government that by action has funded key independent oversight institutions such as the EACC and DPP,” he said.