The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has been urged to explain to Kenyans the state of the commission’s preparedness barely 70 days to the August General Elections.
Addressing civil Society groups in a meeting in Nairobi, Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Running mate Martha Karua further said the electoral commission should inform the country how it has dealt with issues that led to nullification of the 2017 Presidential Elections, stating that it would be wrong for the country to head to another election when the past issues have not been addressed.
Karua affirmed her commitment to ensuring that the government remains accountable to its citizens if Azimio La Umoja One Kenya party clinches power in the polls.
“An overwhelming win can overrun all issues. But also, personal responsibility. .It’s not just those in government. I am again talking to professionals. To Civil servants. This is your country. don’t be at war with your country. when you do things the way they are not supposed to be done, you are at war with your country. As an electoral officer, when you help manipulate the electoral process and abuse it, you are at war with your country”, Karua said.
Karua at the same time warned electoral officials against being accomplices to electoral fraud. She revealed that she had personally sued three individuals over electoral manipulation, stating that individuals should not hide behind commissions , as they will be flushed out and face the law
“The court did not give leave, but I have appealed.. I have no personal war with any of those individuals, but the message is that we can come for you as an individual. Don’t tell us electoral commission. Institutions are made up of you and me. Until we take personal responsibility. Until we are made to pay individually, we will not make a country. We will not strengthen institutions”, Karua pointed out.
Later on, Karua kicked off her two-day of Nakuru County to drum up support for the grand coalition’s presidential flag-bearer Raila Odinga.
Addressing roadside rallies at Molo town, Turi, Elburgon, Njoro, Kaptembwo (Soko Mjinga) and Masai market in Nakuru town, Karua said Azimio stood for zero-tolerance on corruption, national unity, peaceful coexistence between all Kenyans and shared prosperity.
She said that Odinga’s administration will complete the stalled Arror, Itere and Kimwarer water projects and boost the region’s pyrethrum farming in order to guarantee optimum returns for pyrethrum growers.