UDA Sec Gen urges CSs, State Officers to  Stop Interfering With IEBC

UDA Sec Gen urges CSs, State Officers to Stop Interfering With IEBC

BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,9TH NOV,2021-United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Secretary General Veronica Maina has said Cabinet Secretaries and State officers should not be part of an election management committee despite having the right to campaign for their candidates.

Speaking during a UDA aspirants forum in Deputy President William Ruto’s Karen residence on Tuesday, Ms. Maina urged State officials to stop micromanaging the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and allow it to conduct its affairs independently.

“I ask our Cabinet Secretaries and State officers to step back and allow IEBC to enjoy its independence and do its work without interference,” she said.

Her remarks come a day after Defense CS Eugene Wamalwa and his Agriculture counterpart Peter Munya defied orders by IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati not to engage in politics.

The two, who spoke during a tour of the Trans Nzoia sugar factory on Monday, claimed they will not accept intimidation from anyone.

DP Ruto, on his part, said UDA will leverage the country’s abundance of human resource capital to create jobs and opportunities for the youth through the implementation of hustler friendly policies under the bottom-up economic model.

He said his government will do away with the dichotomy of formal employment defined by a pay slip and informal employment associated with failures and encourage the youth to pursue income-generating ventures indiscriminately.

“We need to create a working nation, whether you have a pay slip or not, as long as you are doing something that generates income,” said the DP.

He also urged leaders from Rift Valley to work together to confront insecurity in the region, saying the instability poses a threat to the region’s democracy and economic growth. 

The forum brought together aspirants from Kericho, Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Bomet, Uasin Gishu, Samburu, Turkana and West Pokot Counties, and was attended by Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok and over 20 MPs.

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