ODM won't apologise over Raila's vote rigging claims
23 January 2014, 08:07
Nairobi - A section of MPs from the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party, have dismissed demands for CORD leader Raila Odinga to apologise over claims that the military was used to rig last year’s polls in favor of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and the Secretary to the Cabinet, Francis Kimemia termed Raila’s claims as false and inflammatory and asked him to apologise.
However, the MPs dismissed the demands, saying Kimemia doesn’t have the authority to comment on political matters and the IEBC had lost its credibility after the polls, The Standard reports.
According to Raila, CORD supporters were ejected from the Bomas of Kenya, where the presidential vote tallying was being done, by the military personnel in order to give President Kenyatta the victory.
On his part, Kimemia refuted the claims, saying the military was never used in any polling station across the country as alleged by Raila and that the polls were free and fair.
Deputy President, William Ruto also slammed Raila over the remarks saying such allegations were “reckless and irresponsible.”
He called on those alleging the last polls were rigged to table facts that would prove their allegations instead of engaging in “empty rhetoric.”
Ruto remained firm that attempts by the opposition to destruct the government would not succeed and exuded confidence that the government would remain steadfast and deliver to Kenyans as they promised during the run up to the general elections.
He further challenged those criticizing the government to be truthful and have a basis for their criticism.
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