KENYA – Mudavadi claims electoral malpractice in last elections

He insisted that the Issack Hassan-led Commission should vacate.

 

Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi addresses the public by the roadside at Chavakali, Vihiga County, on July 17, 2016. PHOTO | DERICK LUVEGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi addresses the public by the roadside at Chavakali, Vihiga County, on July 17, 2016. PHOTO | DERICK LUVEGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

 

Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi has claimed that the embattled Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission manipulated his results in the 2013 elections.

Mr Mudavadi, who made a stop over in Vihiga from Kakamega County on his way to Nairobi, said his votes were compromised, therefore the electoral body must be disbanded.

« We all agree that IEBC must go. My votes were also stolen. IEBC did everything wrong. We need to get new people to run elections properly », said Mr Mudavadi.

IEBC announced that the former deputy premier got 483,981 votes coming third after President Uhuru Kenyatta and Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) leader Raila Odinga.

This is the first time Mr Mudavadi was speaking publicly about the results he got in his first attempt at the presidency.

While addressing a crowd at Chavakali in Vihiga County, he insisted that the Issack Hassan-led Commission should vacate.

Already a committee consisting of Senators and MPs, from Jubilee and Cord, is investigating the conduct of the agency and possibly recommend action.

Already Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has warned it will resume street protests to force out the commissioners, citing lack of good will from the government.

Mr Mudavadi’s stop at Chavakali came a day before ODM leader Raila Odinga begins his tour of Vihiga, Busia and Kakamega counties.

Mr Odinga will also address a rally at Chavakali on Monday. The ANC leader urged Vihiga residents to receive Mr Odinga well and shun confrontation.

« We are people of Amani (peace), » he said and urged Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba and his Funyula counterpart Paul Otuoma to join his party.

« When I left ODM, I told them I know where it pinches painfully but they never listened. They have now seen it, » said the former Sabatia lawmaker.

He advised the two it would be disastrous if they joined Jubilee. Mudavadi further reaffirmed that ANC was an independent party devoid of influence from Cord and Jubilee.

« We are an independent political party and we will fight for our political space, » he concluded.

 

 

Editing by Philip Momanyi

 

 

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke

 

Daily Nation (Kenya)

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