Kitui county Governor Charity Ngilu on Friday rallied the Akamba community to abstain from the October 26 polls terming it a sham exercise.
Speaking at Musila Gardens in Mwingi during Mashujaa Day celebrations, Governor Ngilu said the electorate will only participate in an exercise of a reformed Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
We cannot attend national prayers to pray for the country and the coming fraudulent polls. It’s hypocritical to seek divine intervention rather than seek a political solution to this stalemate, charged Ngilu.
She said people of Kitui, Machakos and Makueni will not yield to political pressure to participate in an election which is marred by infighting and interference within the IEBC.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto, Jubilee Party and IEBC are bed fellows. Don’t be cheated to be party to such an arrangement, said the Governor.
She said on Monday, the community will converge at the same venue to deliver the Akamba Community declaration on the way forward ahead of October 26.
Similar sentiments were echoed by Kitui County MPs who said residents of Kitui County will not vote on October 26, 2017 saying the elections playing field was flawed.
The leaders, who included MPs Gideon Mulyungi (Mwingi Central), Musyimi Nzengu (Mwingi North), Charles Nguna (Mwingi West), Irene Kasalu (Women Rep), Senator Enock Kimoli and Kitui County Assembly Speaker George Ndotto told wananchi during Mashujaa Day celebrations at Musila Gardens in Mwingi town to stay away from the repeat poll.
The fete was presided over by Governor Charity Ngilu and County Commissioner Boaz Cherutich and several MCAs were in attendance.
The MPs praised Governor Ngilu for initiating life changing projects especially her Ndengu Revolution, Medical Outreach Programme, the Water Scarcity Mitigation Programme and the Farm Ploughing Programme.
They hailed her for her sacrifices in the struggle for the second liberation of Kenya noting she had gone for prestigious elective positions by which she inspired women and disadvantaged groups in Kenya.
On his part, Cherutich said the government has put in place enough security measures to ensure wananchi willing to vote are secure.
‘Participating in an electoral process is a democratic right. I appeal to politicians and peace loving wananchi to take part in the exercise,’ said Cherutich.
Source: Kenya News Agency