National Super Alliance (NASA) chiefs have cautioned their supporters living in Nairobi against leaving the city for fear of violence.
Instead, NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga, Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi and Ford Kenya boss Moses Wetang’ula said the police must ensure safety for all Kenyans irrespective of their political affiliations.
Of concern to the NASA principals is the vote that might be lost should registered voters refuse to cast their ballot or move to areas other than where they are registered to vote.
On a vote hunting mission in Nairobi’s Muliro Gardens in Mathare Sunday, Raila told NASA supporters to ensure that they remained where they registered to vote and cast their ballot on August 8 without fear.
“Every vote counts. We are asking all our supporters to remain where they registered and cast their votes. The police must ensure that all Kenyans remain safe irrespective of their political affiliations,” said Raila.
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Mr Wetang’ula said the NASA administration would jail the corrupt, eradicate poverty, phase out tribalism and build a united nation.
The Senate minority leader told NASA supporters living across the country not to be intimidated by anybody, adding that moving would be a loss for them.
“The power of the people is stronger than the people in power. Stay put where you are and ensure that you cast your vote. If you feel the burden of living has increased, stay put and vote,” he said.
Raila maintained that no amount of threats from acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i would make them drop their quest to ‘adopt a polling station’, adding that the police were supposed to ensure that there was law and order.
He explained that the agents manning the stations had their work cut out for them and asked youths to maintain peace and ensure that no contraband material was sneaked in during the polls.
“No amount of force or threats will stop the wind of change. When they count, we count, when they announce, we announce and when they transmit the results, we transmit the results. We are sealing all the loopholes for rigging the elections this time,” said Raila.