Storm As Raila Party Says No Apology over Military Rigging Claim

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Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has been told not to apologise over his military rigging claims.

The Cord leader’s remarks have been taken out of context, three ODM lawmakers said yesterday.

“As an MP who understands the Luo language, Mr Odinga said: ‘What happened in March last year was an equivalent of a military coup’.

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If people do not understand, then we better get an independent translator to give them what Mr Odinga meant,” Suna East MP Junet Mohamed said at Orange House.

Mr Odinga had alleged that the military was used to steal his victory in last year’s General Election. He made the remarks in Kisumu at the weekend.

The electoral commission and the Secretary to the Cabinet, Mr Francis Kimemia, have asked the Cord leader to apologise.

Mr Mohamed, who was with Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati and Busia County MP Florence Mutua and other ODM leaders, said Mr Odinga (right) could only make an apology if everyone came clean and every action by all those involved in the 2013 election was explained.

“It is our considered position that the IEBC has neither honour nor reputation to protect and therefore deserves no apology on matters of integrity of the 2013 elections,” he said.

Mr Mohamed observed that one year after the election, the IEBC was yet to present a credible final report on the polls.

The MPs also dismissed Mr Kimemia’s demand for an apology, saying, it was baffling and a pointer to the panic and rush to hide the truth through blackmail and intimidation.

“As a civil servant, Mr Kimemia has no authority to comment on political matters,” he said.-nation.co.ke

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