, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 16 – Maendeleo Chap Chap leader Alfred Mutua has raised concerns over what he terms as machinations to derail the electoral process ahead of the August General Election.
The Machakos Governor claims that certain people have been sponsored to disrupt the IEBC from preparing itself effectively, with a motive to change the election date.
“Kenyans must be allowed to exercise their democratic right come August,” the Governor told journalists on Thursday at the party headquarters in Nairobi.
He expressed optimism that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is ready for the polls.
“You don’t have to say the August date will not be possible but you can put certain roadblocks to make it impossible for us to have free and fair elections,” he pointed out.
He said the ‘endless’ legal battles currently facing the electoral body are a ploy to slow down the process.
He was speaking on Thursday when he received aspirants into the party from Tharaka Nithi County.
The aspirants defected from the Jubilee Party citing fears of unfair nominations during the forthcoming primaries.
The aspirants however maintain that they will support the re-election bid of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Among them was Francis Matanka who will be facing of Senator Kithure Kindiki of the Jubilee Party.
Mutua’s party seems to be gaining ground in areas perceived to be Jubilee strongholds as it emerges he support the re-election of President Kenyatta.
Embu Senator Lenny Kivuti and the President’s former education advisor Kilemi Mwiria recently defected to the Chap Chap Party.