Raila asked to give proof of claims NIS registering foreigners for poll

January 25, 2017 9:29 am
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“It is incumbent upon a politician of Raila’s calibre to have provided evidence before making such a statement. If indeed there was anything like that, the respectable thing the former Prime Minister ought to do is to record a statement with the relevant authorities so that action can be taken,” he said/COURTESY

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 25 – The Interior Ministry says CORD leader Raila Odinga should record a statement on his allegations that foreigners are being registered to vote in Kenya’s August General Election.

According to the Ministry’s Spokesman Mwenda Njoka, this will provide authorities with information to undertake an investigation and take necessary action.

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  • According to the Ministry's Spokesman Mwenda Njoka, this will provide authorities with information to undertake an investigation and take necessary action.
  • “It is incumbent upon a politician of Raila’s caliber to have provided evidence before making such a statement. If indeed there was anything like that, the respectable thing the former Prime Minister ought to do is to record a statement with the relevant authorities so that action can be taken,” he said.

“It is incumbent upon a politician of Raila’s caliber to have provided evidence before making such a statement. If indeed there was anything like that, the respectable thing the former Prime Minister ought to do is to record a statement with the relevant authorities so that action can be taken,” he said.

Odinga has alleged that the National Intelligence Service (NIS) was registering voters from Uganda and Ethiopia with the aim of influencing the outcome of the forthcoming General Election.

The government however described the claims as malicious and only intended to undermine the voter registration process, while maligning public institutions.

President Uhuru Kenyatta equally dismissed the claims, instead urging the Opposition to stop issuing threats of violence aimed at intimidating and blackmailing Kenyans as the country heads into the elections.

President Kenyatta said the public has a democratic right to choose the leaders they want and the Opposition should desist from threatening the country with chaos.

He said it was unfortunate that instead of going to the public and asking for votes from Kenyans just as the Jubilee leadership is doing, all that Opposition leaders are doing is talking about violence,

“Leave Kenyans to choose who they want without your constant threats. Stop blackmailing Kenyans with your threats of violence,” he said.

He criticised the Opposition leaders of lacking any agenda for the progress of the country and instead using threats of bloodshed as a campaign strategy.

He said the same individuals who were responsible for plunging the country into violence in 2007 were engaging in the same rhetoric they used the last time.

“He (in reference to Odinga) is claiming that the NSIS is being used to rig elections. He is also claiming that my going round the country to sensitize voters is rigging. Is he even serious and how will that win him votes. Why can’t he go and ask Kenyans to vote for him?” he stated.

The Head of State indicated that the Opposition leaders were constantly talking of stealing of elections instead of first asking people to register as voters and subsequently asking for their votes.

“You are telling us that if you steal you will see, what are we going to see? We are going round the country begging Kenyans to vote for us, how does that become stealing?” he posed.

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