President Uhuru Kenyatta has called NASA a nuisance to the country because of the numerous court cases it is filling regarding the August 8 General Election.
NASA moved to court to challenge the alleged plan by the national government to deploy KDF officers to violence hot spots during the election, citing lack of Parliamentary approval.
Raila Odinga had said during the debate that it was wrong for the government to deploy the military during the elections, insisting that they are only supposed to protect the borders from external threats.
In the petition which was filed at the High Court in Nairobi, NASA claims the said decision will adversely affect Kenyans. It said KDF officers will likely intimidate and harass them which will thereby constrain their political rights.
The Ministry of Defense and acting Interior CS Fred Matiang’i are named as respondents in the petition.
Speaking at a rally in West Pokot County on Thursday, July 27, the president and his deputy called upon NASA to sell their manifesto to Kenyans instead of concentrating on the courts.
“I now hear that NASA has again gone to court, this time round attacking our security systems. I want to advise them to tell people their agenda because Kenyans will be the ones to decide if they win or lose elections and not the courts,” said DP Ruto.
Uhuru went on to say NASA leaders had not done anything to benefit Kenyans despite them being in influential government positions in the past regimes. He singled out NASA running-mate Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi, alleging that the two did not care about West Pokot before talking about Mr. Odinga.
“Even my brother Odinga when he was Prime Minister, how did he help people of West Pokot? They call us, DP Ruto and I, Nyayo orphans and I am telling them that we are not denying our mentors in politics,” said President Kenyatta.