Jubilee tarnishing KDF reputation: Raila

National Super Alliance (Nasa) principals were in Nakuru County on Sunday with a message of peace, even as they told Jubilee not to drag the military into politics.

Nasa flagbearer Raila Odinga insisted that President Kenyatta wanted to use the military to rig the August 8 General Election.

“We must commend our military for coming out clear with regard to the documents we released on Friday.

“We still have faith in the armed forces. Unfortunately, Jubilee wants to soil their good name,” Mr Odinga said.

He cautioned Defence Minister Raychelle Omamo and her Interior counterpart Fred Matiang’i against being used by the ruling party to rig the elections.

Mr Odinga, Mr Musalia Mudavadi, Mr Moses Wetang’ula and Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto accused the two cabinet secretaries of “issuing reckless statements aimed at intimidating our supporters”.

“Even Kenya Defence Forces spokesman Joseph Owuoth confirmed that the documents were from the military and so Ms Omamo and Dr Matiang’i should stop lying,” Mr Odinga said at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru Town.

Mr Mudavadi and Mr Wetang’ula called on residents leaving Nairobi, Nakuru, Eldoret, Naivasha and other towns for fear of violence to remain where they registered as voters.

“The government must guarantee security to all Kenyans during this electioneering period. Do not be threatened by leaflets,” Mr Mudavadi said.

The opposition chiefs called on their supporters to turn up in large numbers and vote.

“Once you vote, do not leave the polling stations. You must guard our votes,” Mr Wetang’ula said.

The Nasa principals said high food prices showed Jubilee could not be entrusted with the country’s economy.

“Jubilee does not know how to manage the economy. Kenyans have been subjected to high commodity prices. Nasa promises low prices,” Mr Odinga said.

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He also accused Jubilee of riding on projects initiated by the coalition government and presiding over corruption.

“The collapse of Sigiri bridge in Budalang’i Constituency shows how Jubilee will fall on August 8,” he added.

The Nasa luminaries began their campaigns by dividing themselves into two groups – one led by Mr Odinga and the other by Mr Mudavadi.

Mr Odinga and Mr Ruto went to Kiptagich, Tinet, Olenguruone and Keringet while Mr Mudavadi and Mr Wetang’ula were in Kiptororo and Majani Mingi.

At Tinet Township in Kuresoi South, Mr Odinga dismissed claims by Deputy President William Ruto that he engineered the Mau Forest evictions in 2009.

He said the eviction was discussed in Parliament and that the meeting was chaired by President Mwai Kibaki.

He added that the Itare Dam project would displace thousands of residents.

Governor Ruto said Nasa would address the emotive Mau Forest issue and that of the internally displaced people, once it assumes office.

Additional Reporting by Reitz Mureithi

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