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February 16, 2019

We'll place Raila under house arrest if he blocks election - Kuria

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria during a rally in Nairobi on  September 17,2017. /COURTESY
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria during a rally in Nairobi on September 17,2017. /COURTESY

Jubilee will place Opposition Raila Odinga under house arrest if he tries to block elections on October 17, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has threatened.

Raila had dismissed IEBC's decision to hold the fresh poll on October 17 saying the date was set by Jubilee. He said the election cannot be held before all the terms and conditions NASA has set are addressed.

Raila will face Jubilee Party chief President Uhuru Kenyatta. They are both back on the campaign trail and have until October 15 to convince Kenyans to elect them.

In his Facebook post on Sunday, Kuria said they are prepared for the repeat presidential poll and that nothing can stop them.

"If Raila tries to stop us from voting on October 17, we will place him under house arrest just the way we did Jaramogi [Oginga Odinga]."

Kuria has appeared in court several times over his utterances. On September 11, he was apprehended and taken to Pangani police Station over hate remarks.

In a Facebook post on September 5, the MP said they were ready for another election but that they will hunt people who did not elect Uhuru.

Read more: Moses Kuria arrested over hate remarks

The legislator posted this after Jubilee leaders led by DP William Ruto held a rally in Kasarani constituency, Nairobi.

During the rally, Ruto said NASA wants to cause violence to frustrate the re-run. Other leaders accused the Opposition of planning demonstrations, with the intention of causing violence, to make election preparations difficult

 But they noted every possible measure will be put in place to ensure the public is protected even during campaigns.

According to an Infotrack poll last week, 84 per cent of Kenyans support the election date IEBC set following a directive by the Supreme Court.

Fourteen per cent opposed the date, with 76.7 per cent of this group saying they want it pushed to November 1.

Some 14.9 per cent want the election held on October 24, while 8.4 per cent do not know when they would like to vote.

More on this: Most Kenyans don't trust IEBC, 44% want Chiloba out - Infotrak

Also read: IEBC set to push election date after request from Morpho

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