BY KORIR JUMA/CORRESPONDENT,26TH JULY 2017-The National Super Alliance NASA on Wednesday took its elections campaigns to Eldoret Uasin Gishu county with its leader Raila Odinga asking IEBC to follow the law requiring that presidential election results are declared at constituency tallying centers.
Odinga warned IEBC chief Ezra Chiloba that Kenyans will not forgive him if he is used by any forces to rig the August 8 elections in favour of any party.
“The High Court made a clear ruling on the matter and Kenyans will not accept anything contrary to the decision.”
Speaking at a rally in Eldoret Raila said that the media and anyone else must be allowed to tally results as they will be announced at the polling stations.
IEBC had said it will not give updates of results as they stream in from constituencies but will only tally and declare final results.
“The results announced by the constituency returning officers will be relayed through the media and the IEBC website,” Chiloba said on Tuesday.
NASA deputy presidential candidate Kalonzo Musyoka, co-principals Musalia Mudavadi (Amani), Isaac Rutto (CCM), and Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya) also spoke at the rally.
The Wiper leader told Chiloba to desist from any acts of impunity and allow constituency returning officers to announce results as ordered by the courts.
“Let him not joke with lives of Kenyans who are tired of election rigging,” Kalonzo said at the well-attended rally.
The ODM leader told his supporters that no Kenyans should accept to be left behind when the country makes history in next month’s polls.
Rallied behind Mandago
The NASA leaders also pulled a big surprise at the rally endorsing the re-election of Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago.
Mandago is the Jubilee candidate. He is facing tough competition from independent candidate Ezekiel Bundotich alias Buzeki.
He said the NASA administration will initiate a low-cost housing scheme that will see more Kenyans afford proper houses.
The opposition chief reiterated his pledge to help single women get opportunities that will enable them to earn a living to fend for their families.
Raila said North Rift being the home to the country’s top athletes, NASA will put up sports academies in all counties to tap talents.
He said retired athletes will also be respected and made to live well throughout their lives.
The opposition chief said Kenya was ranked third most corrupt country with no hope for a better future if bad governance continues.
Kalonzo said that after the presidential debate, NASA is on course to win the polls adding that they will ensure peace during the process.
He said each of the NASA parties will have an agent at all the 41,000 polling stations.
“All of us know that Rift Valley is no longer a Jubilee zone. Residents want to be part of the change that is about to occur.”
For his part, Wetang’ula said the electoral agency should know that the results tallied at the constituency will be final.
He cautioned acting Interior CS Fred Matiangi to stop exhibiting raw power and intolerance that Kenyans can not accept.
Wetang’ula said people in Kerio Valley were suffering because of insecurity and yet Jubilee was giving them false promises.
Rutto said the polls would be a defining election to cause Kenyans do away with poverty and tribalism.
The governor said the farmers in the region were suffering in the wake of declining milk and maize production.
He said Jubilee had forgotten the plight of farmers when the administration went ahead to source maize from Mexico.
“We elected them thinking they are good leaders but they have conned us,” the governor said.
He said Kenyans should not be threatened by CS Matiangi and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet.
Wetangula and Rutto also backed the re-election of Mandago.