National Super Alliance (NASA) has formally petitioned the British government to intervene in the forthcoming Kenya elections over claims the government has been planning to rig the upcoming elections in favor of President Uhuru Kenyatta
In a letter addressed to the British High Commissioner Nic Hailey, NASA raises concerns over claims that the government is using the armed forces to manipulate next month’s polls.
“We write to you as a genuine friend of Kenya and ask you to initiate dialogue with the Government of Kenya, urging them to desist from this misuse of our security agencies and stop further poisoning the electoral environment,” NASA’s letter to the embassy reads.
“A similar exercise took place in the run-up to 2013 elections. We are concerned about the mandate and instructions given to these officers,” the letter says
NASA’a letter is copied to the Chairman of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Wafula Chebukati, Attorney General Githu Muigai, Chief of Defence Forces Samson Mwathethe, National Intelligence Service (NIS) Director General Philip Kameru, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) chair Kagwiria Mbogori and all accredited election observer groups.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have denied allegations of using the Military during elections, with acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i offering to meet NASA and explain the security deployment.
While meeting the African Union election 0observer team led by AU Commission chairman Moussa Faki and AU’s chief election observer Thabo Mbeki, President Uhuru said that the Opposition’s attack on those charged to oversee security during the elections was a clear indication of their intention to cause chaos.
KDF Spokesman Col Joseph Awouth rubbished claims that the Military was being involved in election matters, sentiments echoed by Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho. “Our code of conduct is clear that the military is very apolitical. We do not take any sides in politics as soldiers. Whoever claims that should provide evidence.” He said.
“I wish NASA could provide evidence that so and so has been deployed as a returning officer in this or that place and if that happens I will resign. But as for now, those remain just claims,” Kibicho said.