, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 16 – Businessman Chris Kirubi on Friday relegated to the stuff of fiction the National Super Alliance’s claims that he is part of a cabal manipulating the conduct of the August General Election.
Dr Kirubi described as a lie “of the first order,” a statement delivered by former Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi on Wednesday that identified him as part of a group composed of President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy William Ruto and other high profile individuals, that has infiltrated the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
He said he had no part to play in the awarding of the ballot printing tender to Dubai’s Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing LLC and pointed out that he was not even present when a Saudi business delegation said to have included members of the group, called on President Uhuru Kenyatta.
That being said, he added that he didn’t see anything wrong with the call on the President given it was par course and thus associated himself with the position of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the matter.
“I am not an activist in any side of politics. My work is to take care of business because everybody who is my customer I’ve never asked them to pledge any loyalty to any side.”
He therefore asked that his name be left out of the whole affair and demanded an apology from Mudavadi and the wider NASA fraternity for not only unfoundedly dragging him into the matter, but for – speaking as Brand Kenya Chairman – dragging the country through the muck.
“We can question things but genuinely. Not fabricate lies. There are lots of people who are not sure whether they should invest in Kenya and are waiting to see how the elections pan out but instead of instilling confidence and working together to do what is best for Kenya big picture, we’re only looking out for our selfish interests while only paying lip service by promising to create jobs. Where are they going to come from if Kenya burns? If nobody wants to take a chance on us because we are exhibiting all the wrong signs?” he posed.
Having addressed himself to the “outrageous fabrication” that he, as part of a secret society, had compromised IEBC Chief Executive Ezra Chiloba and had a spy in the Commission’s Director of Election Operations and Voter Registration Immaculate Kasait, he asked that the IEBC be allowed to execute its mandate as per law.
“Because we can put another team there but who says they will not be made to look so bad? IEBC has the authority to procure materials. IEBC has gone out of their way to invite the media, to invite these parties to go and watch and supervise the material being produced. I’ve never heard anything like that anywhere in the world.
“And by the way, I had heard that some people within those who are opposing this thing very seriously had another company already lined-up for them and offered them this job. Maybe that company had already paid them commissions. Now they’re fighting for business, they’re not fighting the process.”