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We will boycott August 8th polls if IEBC appeal on vote tallying goes through,says NASA

NASA principals in Nakuru/UPESINEWS

BY NAMULONGO PETER/JOHN WERU,14TH MAY 2017-The National Super Alliance (NASA) on Sunday 14th May 2017 held its first rally in Nakuru since the Opposition coalition unveiled Raila Odinga as its flag-bearer. The NASA team, comprising of Pentagon members Raila, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetang’ula, and Isaac Ruto, were at  the rally which was  held  the Afraha Grounds in Nakuru Town.

Addressing their supporters NASA principal Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka ,Moses Wetangula and Musalia Mudavadi asked the residents to vote out the Jubilee government come August 8th 2017 for running down the economy of the country.

They wondered why Jubilee  Government had waited until the food crisis hit the country for them to start running to important food.

NASA principals have also threatened to boycott the August 8 elections if an appeal logged by IEBC goes through.

The electoral body wants the appellate court to overturn a high court ruling that election results announced at the constituency level are final and should be used to determine winners in the general elections.

The commission has anchored its argument on the constitutional provision that gives it the mandate to declare winners during elections.

“We will not allow IEBC to tamper with the court ruling on the tallying issues. If they will, let them know that no elections will be held,” NASA coalition flag bearer Raila Odinga said.

Odinga spoke on Sunday at Afraha stadium during a NASA rally.

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka echoed his sentiments saying IEBC should withdraw the appeal and accept the earlier ruling.

He urged Nakuru residents to be ready, if called upon, to take to the streets to protest should the ruling be overturned.

“If the appeal goes through, will you be ready to protest?” Kalonzo said.

He reiterated that they will conduct parallel tallying of votes for transparency purposes but not declare winners.

“We know it’s their duty to declare winners. We have no problem with that. But why is he (IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati) saying results must be announced at Bomas of Kenya?” Kalonzo said.

 

Machakos senator Johnstone Muthama said they will not accept a rigged election.

He dared the government to arrest him for making the declaration.

“I want to tell (Interior CS) Joseph Nkaissery that he should not oversee a stolen election. As Kenyans, we will not accept.”

Other leaders who spoke at the rally faulted the Jubilee administration for a surge in basic commodity prices including maize flour, milk and sugar.

ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi accused Uhuru’s administration of insensitivity adding that they only acted after matters got out of hand.

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