November 16, 2018

Raila issues list of police officers ‘stationed as agents to rig elections’

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has claimed that 42 police officers selected by the Kenya Police Service have been stationed as agents to cause chaos during the August 8 General Election.

“The officers have been assigned what the Kenya Police Service calls ‘special duties. They have been issued with clearance certificates and asked to report to headquarters to be issued with discharge certificates before July 2. Their identification cards have been withdrawn,” the NASA Presidential candidate indicated.

“Information at our disposal indicates these officers will be recruited as polling clerks of the IEBC,” Odinga added.

The former Prime Minister said the officers have been picked from units including GSU, Kenya Airport Police Unit, traffic and the dog unit.

Raila ordered Inspector General Joseph Boinnet to explain the nature of the special duties the police officers have been assigned.

“What is the current posting of the officers in question? What criteria was used to identify officers to be picked for these special duties?”

He challenged President Uhuru Kenyatta to explicitly demonstrate that he is prepared to play by the rules and respect the people’s will.

“His manoeuvres indicate he is not prepared to respect the verdict of the people, contrary to his pronouncements,” he said on 20/07/17.

President Uhuru accused the Opposition for planning to subvert the will of Kenyans on or before the August 8 election.

The Head of State also promised to accept defeat if beaten in the polls.

“We have persistently declared that we are ready to accept the will of the people, but the Opposition adamantly refuses to submit itself to that commitment. The reason is simple. Subversion of the will of Kenyans,” Uhuru said.

He was speaking at a meeting with an African Union elections observer team led by former South African President Thabo Mbeki.

Moussa Faki, the Chadian chairman of the AU Commission, accompanied Mr Mbeki to the meeting at State House, Nairobi.

The Opposition also failed on Thursday after five Court of Appeal judges unanimously quashed a High Court ruling on fresh procurement of presidential ballot papers and allowing printing by Dubai-based printing firm, Al Ghurair.

In their ruling, Justices Erastus Githinji, Roselyn Nambuye, Visram Alnasir, Jamilla Muhammed and Otieno Odek said that the Court erred in granting orders without regard to public participation and procurement timelines.

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