Nasa accuses Jubilee of buying voters’ IDS in Nyanza, Western
Nasa is accusing Jubilee of buying Identity cards (IDS) in Western Kenya to bar voters from participating in the planned October 17 presidential repeat elections.
With just 30 days to the polls, Nasa claims the plot by Jubilee is to disenfranchise its supporters ahead of the elections.
The chairman of Nasa campaigns Musalia Mudavadi had raised concern that Jubilee was using some members of the Provincial administration to execute “dirty tricks” to reduce voter turnout in the repeat polls.
“We are aware Jubilee is using some Chiefs in Western Kenya to buy voters’ IDS so that they do not participate in the fresh elections. We are asking our people to remain vigilant and refuse such demands,” Mr Mudavadi said.
On Wednesday this week, police in Kisumu were forced to fire in the air as angry youth stormed Jumuia Hotel to flush out women suspected to have been buying IDS.
The incident took place a day after Kisumu Central ODM Secretary General Samuel Nyabinda accused chiefs in the county of aiding in the buying of IDS.
Kisumu Governor Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o is also on record condemning acts of violence at the Jumuia Hotel but urged locals to remain vigilant and to thwart any attempts to purchase IDS by suspected Jubilee agents.
Accompanied by MPS James Nyikal (Seme), Fred Ouda (Kisumu Central) and County ODM officials led by Prof Ayiecho Olweny (chairman), Prof Nyong’o urged the business community to feel at home but cautioned people involved in acts of buying IDS.
“Let us remain vigilant and ensure any meeting conducted around is not used as a camouflage to buy peoples’ IDS,” Prof Nyong’o said.
Related claims of buying voters’ IDS abound in Western region. Speaking at Ebusiratsi in Emuhaya Constituency, Vihiga County during the funera nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi (ANC) and Vihiga woman rep Beatrice Adagala (ANC) claimed their competitors were buying IDS from voters at Sh5,000 each.
They claimed, that Jubilee is using key Luhya leaders allied to it to buy IDS from residents. The allegations were dismissed by Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka.
“This is Nasa propaganda after realising that it will not be easy in western. We are determined to ensure President Kenyatta gets a clear victory,” Mr Lusaka told the Sunday Nation.
The law requires voters to cast ballots only if they carry with them IDS.
Mr Lusaka who lost to Ford Kenya’s Patrick Wangamati in the race for the Bungoma gubernatorial seat, said the Luhya community was tired of languishing in the cold by supporting Mr Odinga for presidency.
“We have mapped the region and picked leaders to spearhead vote hunt for Mr Kenyatta in western,” said Mr Lusaka.
The head of Jubilee Party campaigns in Nyanza region James Rege has clashed with Karachuonyo MP Adipo Okuome over similar claims.
Mr Okuome who took over from Mr Rege as area MP yesterday accused him of using the National Youth Service (NYS) recruits in the constituency to buy voters’ IDS.
“We shall not allow Mr Rege to go on with his plans of buying voter cards in the constituency,” said Mr Okuome.
On Thursday, a group of youth at Kendu Bay Town led a crackdown on alleged buying of IDS by the NYS recruits. The youth attacked the recruits before police intervened.
However, Mr Rege faulted Mr Okuome for spreading unfounded propaganda, saying that the NYS programme in the constituency has existed for more than a year.
“I cannot stoop that low to buy IDS from voters. Mr Adipo should accord me respect as his predecessor,” said Mr Rege.
Homa Bay County Commissioner Kassim Farah says he will arrest those targeting others falsely on claims of buying IDS.
Stories by Justus Ochieng’, Derrick Luvega, Benson Amadala and Barrack Oduor