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Pressure mounts on Raila to apologise over vote rigging claims

22 January 2014, 08:15

Nairobi - Pressure is mounting on former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, to apologise over his remarks that the military rigged the March 4, 2013 polls in favor of the Jubilee alliance.

Secretary to the Cabinet, Francis Kimemia termed Raila’s claims as false and inflammatory and asked him to apologise immediately, 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.

However, Kimemia refuted the claims, saying the military was never used in any polling station across the country as alleged by Raila.

Raila’s claims were also refuted by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Monday.

A statement from the IEBC said the former Prime Minister’s remarks were false and asked him to provide evidence to support the claims or withdraw and apologise.

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.

“We are focused, we are committed, we are serious and we know where to take this country and no amount of destruction or noise making is going to deter our vision to transform Kenya, we know what to do,” said Ruto.

He further challenged those criticizing the government to be truthful and have a basis for their criticism.

- For more visit The Standard


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