National Super Alliance (NASA) now claims that the government has deployed over three hundred army officers to preside over the October 26th election in Kisumu.
Speaking on Friday, Siaya senator James Orengo said that Nasa ws reliably informed that the military officers deployed in the lakeside county are drawn from Lanet barracks in Nakuru.
“You [President Uhuru Kenyatta] cannot militarise elections. It’s about the ballot, not the bullet. Any election in which the military participates is not an election,” Orengo said in Bondo, where he accompanied Nasa leader Raila Odinga.
“Once the government uses the military, people can stand and take any action provided by the Constitution. The Constitution does not allow Uhuru to conduct elections the way he wants,” Orengo said.
The senator further hit out at the international community and accused them of ignoring concerns raised over the integrity of the repeat election, just like they did during the nullified August 8th election.
“We’re keen to hear from the US ambassador and the UK’s high commissioner. Former IEBC commissioner Roselyn Akombe said the environment is not conducive to a free and fair election,” he said.
He warned that Nasa would not allow President Uhuru to impose himself on Kenyans like he is doing.
“Kenyatta should know that he can’t impose dictatorship on the people. Moi detained Raila for 10 years, but he was retired, while Odinga is still there,” he said.
“Kenyans are celebrating those who brought about liberation. Unfortunately, we’re marking it in sadness, as innocent blood has been shed because of greed for power. We say goodbye to three Kenyans shot by trigger-happy police. They had the right to protest against polls imposed against their will,” Orengo said during the burial of three people reportedly killed by police during Nasa anti-IEBC demos.