In Summary
  • Nasa says the President and his agents deployed violence, intimidation, improper influence and corruption on voters perceived to be Nasa supporters.
  • Nasa adds that improper influence and corruption was manifest in Jubilee’s attempts to woo Mr Odinga’s supporters.
  • It wants the October 26 repeat presidential election annulled.

President Uhuru Kenyatta intimidated National Super Alliance (Nasa) supporters after the August 8 election to discourage them from participating in the repeat poll, the Opposition has said.

Nasa, in its response to the presidential election petition at the Supreme Court, says that President Kenyatta resorted to improperly and corruptly luring Opposition supporters and politicians to his side as he campaigned for the October 26 repeat poll.

'ANNUL ELECTION'

The Opposition has also intensified its fight with foreign envoys and singled out US Ambassador Robert Godec and UK’s Nic Hailey, accusing them of acting as public relations officers for the electoral commission.

Nasa is a respondent in the petition filed by Mr Njonjo Mue and Mr Khelef Khalifa.

The coalition indicates that it agrees with the activists’ assertion that the re-election of President Kenyatta should be annulled, again.

The Opposition’s argument is hinged on two main assertions: that its supporters were so terrorised they could not come out to vote, and that the electoral commission was so compromised it was no longer independent and could not guarantee a credible election.

TARGETS

The coalition says that President Kenyatta and his allies and agents set up an elaborate systematic policy to ensure the repeat election was not held in a free, fair and credible manner.

“Towards this end, the President and his agents deployed violence, intimidation, improper influence and corruption and more so upon the voters, especially those perceived to be supporters of Nasa,” the coalition says in its responses.

To support this assertion, Nasa cited reports by independent groups which allege that the police deliberately targeted Nasa supporters in extrajudicial killings, maiming, rape, destruction of property and use of excessive and unreasonable force.

The reports were by Kenya Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International, the Election Observations Groups and the Independent Medico-Legal Unit.

The coalition also cites the existence of the Nairobi Business Community, which they say is Mungiki in disguise, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi’s references to Chinkororo, and the dressing and mannerisms of the Jubilee Women’s Brigade as proof of the intimidation attempts.

This was in addition to the withdrawal of Mr Raila Odinga and Mr Kalonzo Musyoka’s security.

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