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February 23, 2019

Broke NASA got campaign cash from loser governors, Uhuru says over Raila's fundraiser

President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses a rally at Nairobi's Uhuru Park, Saturday September 9, 2017. /PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses a rally at Nairobi's Uhuru Park, Saturday September 9, 2017. /PSCU

NASA has resorted to public fundraising because governors who financed their campaigns were sent home on August 8, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

He said on Saturday that the opposition is now cash strapped as the governors who used to fund its activities using county cash lost the polls.

The head of state named Nairobi and Kajiado as some of the counties that heavily funded Raila Odinga's campaigns.

The Star could not independently verify the claims.

The ODM leader had also denied that county bosses were funding him. He said the opposition activities are driven by well-wishers who believe in the movement's ideologies.

Citing Nairobi, Uhuru said the county currently collects Sh40 million per day up from Sh17 million which was being raised before Governor Mike Sonko took over.

"The difference is what our colleagues used to pocket and use for their evil deeds," he said during a Jubilee rally at Uhuru Park.

"Now they have started collecting public funds because what they used to steal is lost."

"The money will now be used to upgrade drainage systems, street lighting, water supply and give jobs to our youth," he added.

Raila on Friday asked his supporters to donate towards his campaigns for the repeat poll ordered by the Supreme Court.

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Uhuru said he will work hand-in-hand with all Jubilee elected governors across the country for the sake of national development.

"We will build modern hospitals, give free education to our children, offer free maternity services and give jobs to our youth."

The president urged his supporters to come out in large numbers and vote overwhelmingly for him during the repeat election on October 17.

The head of state emphasised the need for the country to exercise peace during the campaigns ahead of the fresh poll.

"I reiterated that we keep the peace. Let us take our fights to the ballot box, not through fists of machetes."

"Ours is an agenda about Kenya today and Kenya tomorrow and nobody has the capacity to deviate us from that objective," Uhuru said.

For his part, Deputy President William Ruto said the Supreme Court should apologise to Kenyans for overturning the will of the people.

He insisted that Uhuru defeated NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga by 1.5 million votes.

"The Supreme Court was used by conmen. They conspired through trickery, conmanship, and deceit to shortchange and subvert the will of 15 million Kenyans."

"We are telling the Supreme Court sooner than later, you must come to your senses and apologise to the people of Kenya for this great evil you have committed," Ruto said.

"We are unapologetic about our position," he added.

Ruto said the will of the people is the heart of any democratic process and their decision cannot be sacrificed at the altar of the mistakes of a few individuals at the IEBC.

The DP further called on IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati to stop apportioning blame and take responsibility for what went wrong during the August 8 elections.

He said as the returning officer of the elections, the buck stops with him.

"My friend you cannot be seen trying to apportion blame and blame others, the buck stops at you Mr Chebukati."

Ruto said Raila never sat for KCPE or KCSE exams and that’s why he feels nothing if national exams are postponed.

"And if am not telling the truth, let him show the country his primary and secondary school certificates for us to know he understands the pain of being a student."

He was reacting to the Opposition chief’s remarks that national exams can be postponed to allow the country to hold repeat elections on a mutually agreed date.


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