TRANS NZOIA, Kenya, Jan 24 – Jubilee has castigated Opposition leaders over claims that the National Intelligence Service (NIS) is issuing voters cards to foreigners to help the government win the August elections.
Deputy President William Ruto, Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki, Senators Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet), Aaron Cheruiyot (Kericho) and Mohammed Kuti (Isiolo) told off Opposition leader Raila Odinga over claims that NIS was involved in the ongoing voters registration by taking Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits across the border and assisting citizens of the neighbouring countries to register as voters.
Speaking in Endebbes, Sibanga and Kitale town on Tuesday on the sidelines of voter registration campaigns, the leaders termed the claims by the Opposition leaders as outrageous and ridiculous.
They said Opposition leaders were now inventing excuses aimed at postponing the next elections because they have sensed defeat.
Ruto said the Opposition was in a state of panic and desperation and were now playing petty politics by claiming that NIS was registering voters from Uganda and Ethiopia.
“The Opposition recently demanded for the overhaul of the IEBC commissioners and we did it. Now they are claiming that NIS is participating in registration of foreigners to help Jubilee win the next election. These fellows are not sincere and just want to derail elections because they are not prepared,” said Ruto.
Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa praised the government for its efforts to empower the rural areas with technical institutes and electricity.
The Deputy President said the Opposition was in a desperate situation and it has resorted to petty politics.
Ruto said the Opposition was engaging in all manner of falsehoods to throw the registration exercise into dispute after sensing defeat in August polls.
He said anyone born and raised in Kenya was rightfully entitled to have a national Identity Card and register as a voter.
“Everyone who was born and raised up in Kenya have a right to get Identification card and register as a voter to participate in elections,” he said.