MOSES Kuria demanded that the 200,000 voters in Kiambu and Wangige who voted for Raila Odinga in the August 8, 2017 presidential election must leave the region immediately
He said, “they cannot be allowed to participate in the repeat presidential election scheduled for October 17, 2017, failure to which he will unleash terror and physically evict them.
In quick succession, similar threats of eviction of NASA supporters have been made in Rift Valley. Would this be a coincidence? Not at all. This is the Jubilee policy of disenfranchising and denying Kenyans their constitutional right to vote in the coming repeat presidential election.
The lot claimed Opposition supporters in the area are being asked to leave, especially in counties which largely voted for Jubilee party.
Kipkorir Menjo, a spokesperson for the coordinators, said they have alerted security officials.
“People are being threatened and told they will have to move away unless they support Jubilee. Let those behind this know that Kenyans are free to vote as they wish.”
Uasin Gishu county commissioner Abdi Hassan said they are yet to receive such reports but promised to act against hate mongers.
“We had very peaceful elections on August 8. We will ensure the same happens on October 17. We will not tolerate any unlawful acts.”
He said police are on high alert and will deal with people who engage in incitement, hate speech or intimidation.
“We are also closely monitoring social media sites to arrest those propagating ethnicity and hate speech.”
The October 17 repeat election was ordered by the Supreme Court following a petition by NASA leader Raila Odinga.
Four out of six judges at the apex court agreed with the Opposition leader in his argument that the poll was conducted outside the confines of the law.
The issue of threats of displacement emerged in a meeting of the ODM leader’s campaign coordinators in Eldoret on Wednesday.
A team of Rift Valley elders and aspirants who participated in the August polls and businessmen have teamed up to back the National Super Alliance.
The elders pledged to conduct campaigns that will see Raila’s votes increase.
The team was led by former MP Elijah Lagat of Chesumei who had campaigned for Raila. He said they will also host major rallies in North Rift counties.
Elder Paul Sugut said they will back NASA because of its pledge to revive the agriculture sector.
“We will go door to door to convince more people to vote for NASA because of the party’s agenda for the country.”