National Super Alliance supporters were bullied by Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration after the August 8 election to discourage them from taking part in the repeat poll, the Opposition says.
Inits response to the presidential election petitions cooking at the Supreme Court, Raila Odinga-led Nasa implies that President Kenyatta turned to improperly and corruptly buying off Opposition supporters and politicians to his camp as he campaigned for the October 26 repeat poll.
But the Opposition offence doesn’t end there as it has also accuses foreign envoys specifically US Ambassador Robert Godec and UK’s Nic Hailey, of covering up the ills of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
Nasa did not file a case to challenge Kenyatta’s win but has been named as a respondent in the petition filed by Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa from the civil society.
The coalition says it agrees with the activists’ assertion that the re-election of President Kenyatta should be annulled, as it happened in August.
The Opposition argues that its supporters were terrorised by the State so much that they could not come out to vote, adding that IEBC was so compromised it was no longer independent and could not guarantee a credible poll.
“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 respond by the coalition reads.
Evidential material by Nasa include reports by the civil society which allege that the police deliberately targeted Nasa supporters in extrajudicial killings, maiming, rape, destruction of property and use of excessive and unreasonable force.
Also receiving a mention is the infamous Nairobi Business Community, which Nasa says is Mungiki in disguise. They also cite Acting 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.
That and the withdrawal of Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka’s bodyguards.