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Wetang'ula dares IEBC to remove his name from voters' register

22 December 2015, 10:04 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Embattled Bungoma Senator, Moses Wetang'ula has dared the electoral commission to strike his name from the voters' register.

Wetang'ula who threatened the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) with serious consequences if his name is removed from the voters' list, maintained that the commission has no right to delete his name over claims of bribing voters during the 2013 polls.

The Bungoma Senator, who is the FORD Kenya Party leader and the CORD coalition co-principal is expected to appear before the IEBC's special committee to defend himself over the bribery allegations before the commission makes its final decision.

“I have publicly dared IEBC and the Jubilee government occasionally to delete my name from the voter’s register. Let them try and they will see," warned Wetang'ula who also accused the Jubilee government of using IEBC to frustrate him and Bungoma County residents who overwhelmingly re-elected him in the 2013 by-election.

The FORD Kenya Party leader also wondered why the electoral commission and courts allowed him to be on ballot in the by-election where he won with a landslide only for them to pursue him now in a bid to delete his name from the voters' roll.

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He said that the plan to delete his name from the voter’s register is political and related to the 2017 general elections noting that the Jubilee government is fearing the opposition and that is why they want his name removed from the voter’s register.

Wetang'ula claimed that Jubilee is worried because CORD leader, Raila Odinga might endorse him as the coalition's flagbearer in 2017.

"Jubilee coalition is having sleepless nights because it has realized that Raila Odinga has severally and unsuccessfully vied for presidency and is planning to back me for the top seat in 2017; that's why it has come up with the scheme to remove me from voters' register," claimed Wetang'ula.

However, the Mt. Elgon MP John Serut who argued that Odinga will not step down for Wetang'ula in 2017, asked him to vie for Bungoma gubernatorial seat for proper management of county funds before going for presidency in 2022.

"Wetang'ula should keep his eyes on the ball for the presidency but I'm sure Odinga will not support him in 2017. I propose that he should vie for Bungoma Governor then later go for presidency," said Serut.

Wetang'ula said politics is not for the faint hearted hence will not bow to IEBC's threats of deleting his name for the voters roll and vowed to continue criticizing President Uhuru Kenyatta's administration whenever it governs contrary to citizens' expectations.

"Even if I respect President Uhuru Kenyatta, I shall not relent on criticizing Jubilee government whenever it fails to do things right. I cannot be singing that everything Uhuru does is right because I also want to be the president of this country," said Wetang'ula.

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