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

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