Raila Odinga said: “President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto have sensed defeat and panicked over the forthcoming elections”
Cord Leader Raila Odinga has claimed that the Jubilee government is in panic and has resorted to using of security forces to intimidate leaders in a bid to alter the controversial election laws in Parliament.
Raila Odinga faulted the government of deploying heavy security around Parliament and said this was to scare away opposition MPs.
Raila Odinga said this while at a Homa Bay hotel during a meeting with Luo Elders. He said the action by the Jubilee government indicated they have sensed defeat in the 2017 polls.
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He also urged Nyanza people to ensure those without voters’ cards are forced to register so they can face Jubilee in next year’s polls.
The Cord Leader said, “those without voters’ card should not be given food in public gatherings as it is corruption in itself.”
Yesterday the National Assembly was to debate Jubilee’s proposed amendments to the election law — amendments opposed by the opposition, which delayed the special sitting for almost two and a half hours until noon.
Cord says the existing system is tamper-proof, and Jubilee wants to tamper and rig the polls next year, so it must water down the law.
By 8 pm last night, the debate on electoral changes had not begun because the opposition raised points of order and other issues were discussed.
Security was tight around Parliament Buildings in anticipation of a fiery debate and disruption. The buildings were blocked off and MPs had to walk a distance to be screened at the entrance.
ANC Leader Musalia Mudavadi has joined forces with Cord and promised a new alliance by February next year. Mudavadi’s entry has also energized the opposition.