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Provide security to all aspirants now, Wetang’ula tells Jubilee Government

Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetangula flanked by Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa at Avenue hospital in Kisumu when they went to see former minister Joseph Otiende on February 18 2017. They condemned the incident where armed youths disrupted Cord leader Raila Odinga’s rally in Turkana on February 17 2017. [Photo by COLLINS ODUOR/Standard]

Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetangula has challenged Jubilee government to provide all aspirants with security as the electioneering mood continue to heat up.

Wetangula said that the spate of violence witnessed on Friday where opposition leader Raila Odinga’s rally in Turkana was disrupted by armed youth while two other politicians were shot dead in Baringo has highlighted the failures by the government to beef up security.

The Bungoma senator accused government of mismanaging security at a time when political players have started traversing the country to sell their ideas.

“The events that took place on Friday where even guns were fired are regrettable and we condemn it in the strongest terms,” said Wetangula.

He noted that the government has shown laxity to provide a conducive atmosphere for the opposition to sell their ideas to the people despite all Kenyans having the right to visit any part of the country.

“It is saddening to note that some of the political players have now turned to the use of crude tactics that involves guns and stones. That is extremely primitive and is dragging our country back,” he added.

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He said that despite the government allocating a lot of funds to tackle security, the money is being spent on misplaced priorities aimed at frustrating the opposition.

“The government has repeatedly said it needs money for security and parliament has already approved the same. Unfortunately, the money is being spent to buy teargas and dirty water to use at political crowds,” said Wetangula.

On Friday, opposition leader Raila Odinga’s meeting at Katilia in Turkana East was disrupted after youth stormed the meeting. Raila said the youth who were heavily armed were incited by a leader.

Baringo Member of County Assembly Kibet Cheretei together with Simon Kitamba a parliamentary aspirant for Tiaty constituency were shot dead on Friday night by masked gunman in Marigat