Kenyan elections are heating up with the main contestants – Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta exchanging barbs.
The latest came from Raila, accusing Uhuru of planning to use the military and other security organs to subvert the August 8 election exercise.
“We have received damning information and concrete evidence of an audacious plan that the Jubilee administration and the top military commanders have put in place to use force to subvert next month’s election with a rigged outcome,” said Raila.
“The plan is to hand over power to Uhuru Kenyatta by completely illicit and unconstitutional means. Every aspect of the elaborate democratic polling system that has been put in place over the last four years will be undermined and a military operation conducted to deliver the presidency to Uhuru,” he added.
Raila had made similar accusations during the recent television appearance in Nairobi.
Queried on the veracity of his claims, Raila said he worked for several years as a high ranking government official hence maintaining credible sources within the system.
Uhuru’s camp has since dismissed the allegations as baseless.
The military says deployments will be made but that they have no intentions of facilitating any plans to rig the election.
But Raila said Jubilee has clearly recognized – and been so informed by the National Intelligence Service – that it is headed for “defeat after a disastrous four years in which the vast majority of Kenyans have suffered unprecedented deprivation and hardships.”
He added: “But determined to stay in power, it has enlisted what is referred in documents which detail the anti-democratic plot to use loyal officers by “tribe” and who are “regime friendly” to subvert this election.”
Raila said the plans include cutting of power and water and then militarily isolating settlements such as Mathare and Kibra on Election Day, possibly on the pretext of containing the spread of the cholera.
The documents indicate that very large numbers of officers and soldiers will be participating in the plot.
Also included will be 226 new soldiers, being trained at Mariakani Barracks to be deployed on this mission.
“The new soldiers don’t have networks in the military,” said Raila, adding, “Because they are new, they will readily take any orders, and at the same time cannot be identified, nor can they communicate with other soldiers who might not be privy to the plot and would be opposed to it.”
He further said the soldiers were planning to transport ballot papers to rural areas, code named Special Transit Goods or STG and that they will register telephone lines in the names of dead soldiers.
But Kenyatta this weekend warned Raila against alarmism.
He said the opposition leader should look for policies to sell to Kenyans instead of issuing statements that could ignite violence.
President Kenyatta said it was unfortunate that the opposition leader had resorted to using all sorts of excuses to cause confusion in the coming elections instead of preaching peace.
“They keep on claiming that we want to use police, we want to use military to cause violence…I tell Kenyans one thing, I took an oath to protect all citizens and to maintain peace in the Republic of Kenya. I trust in God and I don’t intend to use any person to disrupt peace in the country,” the President said.
President Kenyatta spoke on Sunday in Embu County where he asked residents to ensure that no single voter will miss to participate in the coming polls as he mobilised support for his Jubilee team.