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President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya welcoming Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, to State House, Nairobi, when the latter visited in 2016.   President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya welcoming Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, to State House, Nairobi, when the latter visited in 2016. Credits: File copy

The leader of opposition politics in Kenya, Raila Odinga, has accused the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta of importing voters from Ethiopia and Uganda to rig elections against the opposition in the August 2017 general elections. Odinga alleged that to achieve the said plan, the government of Kenyatta had been using the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) exercise to register Ugandans and Ethiopians as voters that will vote in support of the incumbent government come august this year.

The new Electoral Chiefs,  Messers Wafula Chebukati and Ezra Chiloba, who are in charge of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries commission (IEBC), Kenya’s electoral body, had yet to make any official statement in regard to this claims.

The report sent to The Neighbourhood by a Kenyan termed the reported manipulations by the government “a panicky response to the expected defeat, given the tribal and ethnic political reality in Kenya that, the forty one communities now supporting opposition politics are thirty five million people against the two communities of Kalenjin and Gikuyu forming the current government, that are only less than fifteen million people.”

The report continued, “The government has also been disillusioned into this direction after witnessing regular hostility and riotous heckling by the youths against the current deputy president, Mr. William Ruto, during his recent meet-the-people tours across the country.

“Initially, the current government has been accused by Onyango Oloo, a politician formerly in the ruling government, for having rigged the 2013 elections by using the names and voter identifications of the dead persons from central province and rift valley provinces, the home areas of the president and his deputy respectively, Oloo also accuses the current government for having probed the voter register in the opposition areas with the primary aim of monkey-wrenching voter eligibility in this areas.

“The tradition of importing voters in Kenya began with the former Tyrannical ruler, Daniel Moi who used to induce Somali nationals into registering as Kenyans in exchange of their votes for the incumbent government. Moi took the advantage of political instability and violence in Somalia to perfect this practice. Similarly, Uhuru Kenyatta is taking the advantage of economic and political hardships in Uganda, Ethiopia and Somalia to register nationals of these countries as voters in his support.

“Technicalities of electoral democracy require that there must be fair political competition through genuine elections in order to achieve democracy and fair representation. This spirit of democracy is also supported by the Kenya constitution which upholds the democratic philosophy of one-man-one-vote as well as fair and free elections. Experts on Kenya politics like Wenani Kilongi at school Of Political science, Moi University have commented that the current government of Uhuru Kenyatta is panicking and struggling to remain in power because there is fear that any other government coming in will try to correct the crimes of mega-corruptions and lootings that have been committed by state officers in the current government.

“These actions by the government to swindle voters in Kenya by using voters from the neighbouring countries have been condemned strongly by several people in Kenya. Raila Odinga has at the same time cautioned the National Intelligence service (NIS) officers to decline from being used in the immoral activities like illegal voter registration but instead uphold the dignity and health of Kenya as their country, because if Kenya can break down  they will have nowhere to work.

By Alexander Opicho
From, Lodwar, Kenya

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