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ODM leaders accuse government of intimidation

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leaders have accused the government of using intimidation tactics to harass leaders who stand for the truth.

Addressing an ODM dinner party at the Lamu Fort on Friday evening, the Deputy Party Leader, Ali Hassan Joho, Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi, his Taita Taveta counterpart John Mruttu, Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo, MPs Rashid Bedzimba (Kisauni), Badi Twalib (Jomvu), Thomas Mwadeghu (Wundanyi) and Mombasa Woman Representative Mishi Mboko said they will not stop questioning irregularities in the Jubilee administration.

Mr Joho accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of using “all manner of tactics, including threats and intimidation, to silence me”.

 He said that, as a leader, he will not stop fighting for the rights of Kenyans despite the many challenges he is facing from the government.

“Challenges are inevitable for anyone who chooses to stand for the truth. I am aware that President Uhuru Kenyatta doesn’t want to be near me since I always say the truth. Because of my stand, the Jubilee Government has now opted for old tactics of threats and intimidation but I will not relent,” Mr Joho said.

He said he had received a phone call from one of the banks claiming to have received a letter from the Kenya Revenue Authority asking him to have his bank accounts investigated as from 2010 to date.

‘BLOCK ME’

“Just recently, the President ordered officers to block me from attending the Mtongwe ferry event. He further went ahead to assure Kenyans that he will teach me a lesson. Just the other day, they tried to come up with a scandal of lost billions by the County Government of Mombasa. Even today, one of the banks has called me asking for permission to have my accounts investigated. I told them there is no need for investigation of my accounts. Instead they can go ahead and take all the money from my three bank accounts at Stanbic, DTB and Barclays Bank. I will never change my stand,” Mr Joho said.

Governor Amason Kingi said the use of threats and intimidation against Opposition leaders shows that the Jubilee Government has lost direction and that the National Super Alliance (NASA) was ready to take over power.

He called on locals to vote for ODM and NASA and ensure the Jubilee Government is defeated in this year’s election.

Mr Kingi insisted the Jubilee Government had failed Kenyans in the five years it has been in power.

He said the “gap between Jubilee and ODM is like day and night”.

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