JP wants to use Matiang’i to plot rigging – Raila

NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga has alleged a plot by Jubilee to use acting Interior CS Fred Matiang’i to rig the August 8 polls.

Raila hit out at the CS, saying he has been holding secret meetings with IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati and CEO Ezra Chiloba to plot the rigging.

“This election will be a peaceful revolution. We want to warn Matiang’i. He is a player in the Jubilee team and cannot purport to be a neutral arbiter,” he said at a NASA rally in Kibera.

“Matiang‘i is trying to rig this election in the guise of acting on behalf of the state. We will not allow that to happen.”

He said Matiang’i has been campaigning for Jubilee in the larger Gusii region and cannot be trusted as a security minister.

Raila on Tuesday rallied his supporters to turn out in large numbers to vote and protect their votes.

“Nobody should leave a polling station. Vote and stay there to protect votes,” he said.

Raila spoke as NASA plans a meeting on Wednesday with African Union Commission chairperson Moussa Faki as the opposition steps up efforts to push for a free and fair election.

The NASA co-principals will hold a meeting with the leader of the top continental organ in Nairobi.

“We will tell them that we want a free and fair election,” Deputy President candidate Kalonzo Musyoka said.

Raila accused President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto of perpetuating corruption.

“Uhuru and Ruto were behind the massive NYS theft. That is why action was never taken against [former Devolution CS Anne] Waiguru. They have rigged the future of youths. More than 12 million are unemployed,” he said.

Raila said bad governance under Jubilee had pushed multinational companies, which created millions of jobs, out of the country.

He took a swipe at landlords for exploiting poor slum dwellers with exorbitant rents, saying under his regime, he will come up with a grand plan to upgrade lives of low-income earners.

“We will build low-cost housing,” Raila said.

Kalonzo warned NCIC chairman Francis Kaparo against threatening to shut down social media during the election.

“There is no need to shut down social media. We need to develop a culture of tolerance. At a time like this, do not threaten Kenyans. You cannot play with free media.”

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