Jubilee Party leaders have lashed out at the National Super Alliance for planning to have parallel tallying centres during this year’s elections.
Nyeri Senator Mutahi Kagwe and Kieni MP Kanini Kega said the announcement by the co-leader Raila Odinga is absurd and unheard of.
They also said such an action will make the country relapse into chaos just like after the 2007 General Election.
“We have never heard a candidate who says he will have his own tallying centre and declare his own results,” Mr Kagwe said.
“We are sending a stern warning to one Raila Odinga, he is in no capacity to have his own tallying centre, which is illegal, or declare who wins the election or not.”
On Sunday, Mr Odinga, also the ODM party leader, which together with Wiper Democratic Movement, ANC and Ford-Kenya form Nasa, said the coalition will count the results and compare them with those by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
“IEBC will announce their results … and we will announce ours from our tallying centre for comparison. We will not accept fake results as happened in 2013 at Bomas of Kenya,” he said during a rally at Joseph Kang’ethe Grounds in Kibra, Nairobi.
The announcement elicited a sharp warning from the electoral body, with the chairman Wafula Chebukati making it clear that only his agency has the mandate and authority to tally election results.
Senator Kagwe said the move by Nasa goes to show that they have already sensed defeat.
Similarly, Mr Kega said Nasa is intending on disrupting peace but they will not allow it to be so.
He said Jubilee Party will strive to win again by having President Uhuru Kenyatta re-elected.
“He will not destroy the country’s peace like it happened in the 2007 General Election. We are ready to defend the government and win by 70 per cent,” he said.
He said the Opposition should focus on cardinal matters at hand such as selecting their presidential flag-bearer.
Mr Kagwe also urged people to turn out in large numbers during the Jubilee primaries on April 21.
They were speaking during the commissioning of the Ndiriti-Aguthi water project funded by the National Drought and Management Authority at a tune of Sh5.5 million to facilitate irrigation.