NASA Has No Plan to Boycott Poll But Don’t Try Rigging, Raila Tells Jubilee
NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga has castigated press reports indicating the coalition wants to boycott August 8 polls.
He said the statement, which was also attributed to Deputy President William Ruto, is false and that he only warned against rigging.
Raila said he has no reason to skip the general election which is 10 days away.
"I did not say we will boycott elections. We can't boycott elections. I said they should not try to use the military to rig elections," he told a rally in Kajiado on Friday.
"There is no way Jubilee can win this election other than through rigging. I have told them not to try it because Kenyans will not allow such acts."
His comments came just hours after he claimed Jubilee has already shipped in presidential ballot papers.
The Opposition leader claimed poll materials are hidden at a greenhouse for purposes of rigging.
But the IEBC said presidential ballot papers are to arrive from Dubai on July 31.
Raila hit at Jubilee saying Kenyans have grown tired of its leadership that has destroyed the economy through looting of public funds.
He accused the Uhuru Kenyatta administration of presiding over a regime that prides itself in overseeing corruption.
The Opposition chief claimed Jubilee has stolen about Sh350 billion shillings since ascending to power in 2013.
"Kenyans have a reason, the will, and the power to vote out Jubilee."
Raila further said he will borrow a leaf from Tanzanian President John Magufuli in dealing with corruption.
He said a NASA government will seal all loopholes used to steal public funds and use the monies to actualise its pre-campaign promises.
Raila cited the construction of low-cost housing, free secondary education and the establishment of a special fund for widows and single parents as some of the promises.
"Don’t worry about where the money will come from. All the plans we have will cost about Sh10 billion," he said. "So the money is more than enough to implement all our promises."
The Opposition chief called on Kajiado residents to turn out in numbers and vote overwhelmingly for NASA and its affiliate candidates on August 8.
"I have even asked Governor David Nkedianye to order ambulances to transport the sick from hospitals to go and vote."
Raila used the occasion to endorse NASA candidates vying for various seats.
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