Uhuru, IEBC condemn Raila over voter importation claims

President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing residents
President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing residents in Kutus, Kirinyaga County, on January 24, 2017. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The electoral body and Jubilee leaders led by President Uhuru Kenyatta have condemned Cord leader Raila Odinga over his claims that the government is registering foreigners as voters.

President Kenyatta dismissed Mr Odinga’s claims, saying opposition leaders are making absurd claims because they have sensed defeat.

“Kenyans are the ones registering and claims that we are registering Ugandans are ridiculous,” he said.

The President said the opposition leader is plotting to cause chaos if he loses elections.

“These claims he is making that we are registering foreigners are just a ploy to cause chaos and reject results if he loses elections. Let us send him home by 6am (in the August elections),” he told residents in Kutus, Kirinyaga County.

IEBC RESPONDS

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Communications Manager Andrew Limo, in a statement, denied claims by Mr Odinga that its biometric voter registration kits are being used to register foreigners.

“We would like to categorically state that no Commission BVR equipment is in the hands of strangers. We can account for all the BVR kits deployed for the ongoing MVR (mass voter registration), and the personnel operating them,” he said.

He said anyone with information on illegal issuing of national identity cards should report it to the relevant institutions.

Nominated MP Johnson Sakaja also defended the government against Mr Odinga’s accusation that the National Intelligence Service is being used to register foreigners as voters.

‘RECKLESS STATEMENTS’

“As Jubilee we know that Raila Odinga knows he cannot stop the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta so now he is looking for excuses to use when he loses.

“Unfortunately he (Raila) does not seem to understand that these institutions do not just serve him (President Kenyatta), they serve 40 million Kenyans. Such reckless statements undermine their effectiveness,” said Mr Sakaja at Parliament.

Earlier, Mr Odinga had in a statement claimed that the spy agency was facilitating the importation of people from Uganda and Ethiopia to register as voters with plans for them to vote for Jubilee in the August elections.

“We have credible information that the National Intelligence Service (NIS) is once again heavily involved in the on-going voter registration with the aim of influencing results in August in the same way it did in 2007 and 2013,” Mr Odinga said.

-nation.co.ke

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  1. LWK says

    Interesting allegations (on both sides) and interesting response. Is there anyone who can vet these claims objectively? If so, which agency or court or international venue? Is it a court? Is it IEBC? Please soffer a solution on how to vet these claims on behalf of the people–not the candidates. If someone makes a claim of this nature, it has to be supported with evidence in a court of law and proper agency (not just rhetoric). If the government refutes it, they also need to allow review of the registrations, not just say that it isn’t so. These are serious allegations that need to be vetted properly prior to the election. If Kenyans who moved to Uganda or Ethiopia or anywhere else such as the USA want to vote, they can do so through the proper channels, but if citizens from another country are trying to register to vote, they must prove their dual citizenship with Kenya–not just ‘passing through’ to sign up. If they are not citizens of Kenya, dual or otherwise, this would be a chaotic situation–to use the term aimed at Mr. Odinga, but which could apply to his opponent as well if such an allegation were proved. But so far nothing has not been proved. This tactic seems to be the modus operandi of Presidential elections far and wide. But if you accuse you need to have available proof and if you have available proof you need to bring it forward for the sake of the people so it can be examined. If you can’t bring information that needs to be vetted as viable evidence forward, it should never be spoken.

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