President Uhuru Kenyatta alongside top military officials. [Photo: PSCU]
Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga, has reiterated his concern, over the alleged increasing militarisation of the country ahead of the August 8 elections.
According to him, President Uhuru Kenyatta is marshaling all armed forces to deal with challenges which only he knows.
He said Uhuru, who is his closest rival to the State House race, is using the military to rig elections, in his favour.
“There is a full scale mobilisation and training of the Police, Kenya Wildlife Service wardens, Kenya Forest Service wardens, Prison wardens and the Army at a scale that only exists in dictatorships where the Constitution is overthrown and the president rules by force,” said Raila.
In a statement, the former Prime Minister indicated the move was not only dangerous, but also unacceptable.
“Four weeks ago, we as Naa raised the alarm on recruitment and training of some members of our military and police to participate in the elections as Jubilee agents.”
He noted the military was sacred, and should not be dragged into politics.
“Across the world in the last four decades, our men and women in uniform have been called upon and relied on to defend peace in fractured states and restore democracy. From Europe to Chad to South Sudan, our respected military have hundreds of times stood for the rights of citizens to choose governments in free and fair elections. Many of our gallant sons and daughters have paid the ultimate price for the cause of freedom,” Raila said, Wednesday morning.
It is sacrilegious, the ODM party leader said, for Uhuru and his Jubilee administration, to attempt to alter the military’s “honoured tradition of neutrality in political contests.”
“Mr president, Do not taint our military. We, the people will not allow it,” he warned, asking every patriotic citizen to be concerned about it.