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Musalia Mudavadi faults ODM bid to remove poll team

POLITICS
By Grace Ng’ang’a | August 29th 2021

ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi with Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria (right) at AIPCK Church in Githunguri, Kiambu County. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard]

Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi has condemned ODM’s call to disband the electoral body led by Wafula Chebukati, a few months to next year’s polls. 

Mudavadi told leaders to stop interfering with the work of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and allow commissioners to focus on delivering a free, fair and credible election.

Addressing faithful at AIPCK Church in Githunguri, Kiambu County, yesterday, the ANC leader said the independence of the commission should be respected.

Further, he urged leaders to focus on selling their agenda to Kenyans instead of interfering with the commission's work. 

“Free and fair elections can only be achieved by ensuring the independence of IEBC. People should be guaranteed a free and fair election without intimidation,” said Mudavadi.

Speaking at the same event, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria warned against giving unnecessary conditions to the electoral commission, saying this would destabilise the polls body.

“Leaders should give it (IEBC) space to prepare for the elections. The Orange party should stop their perennial complaints against the electoral body,” said Kuria.

At the same time, Mudavadi announced his 10-point programme to woo President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Mt Kenya backyard.

He noted that agriculture, entrepreneurship, public-private partnership initiatives, youth employment, industrialisation, manufacturing and innovations would top his agenda of the region if he is elected president.

The Amani National Congress leader noted that through agriculture, trade and entrepreneurship he would promote a 24-hour economy in all trading centres through the installation of street lights and decent trading sheds.

"My government will come up with recovery models that will insulate people from further losses and ensure their resilience and recovery," said Mudavadi.

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