UDA Is Preparing To Reject August Election Outcome; Kioni

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Jubilee Party Secretary-General Jeremiah Kioni now says that the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party is planning to reject the August General Election results should Azimio la Umoja flag-bearer Raila Odinga win the presidency.

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Mr. Kioni who was speaking in Nyeri during a meeting with Jubilee candidates on Wednesday, said that the Deputy President William Ruto-led camp has already started sensing defeat from recent pollster predictions.

“They are looking for the way they are going to challenge the win of Raila Amolo Odinga in court, that is why Maina wrote a letter to Haji,” said Mr. Kioni.

While exuding confidence that the Azimio chief was the sure winner of the President Uhuru Kenyatta succession race, Kioni, however, dismissed UDA’s supposed plans, saying the two leaders’ vote margin will be unmistakable.

“The difference between Raila and Ruto’s votes will be big such that everybody will be able to tell that they are wasting our time,” he stated.

The Ndaragwa MP further said the recent survey by research firm Infotrak, which showed Raila leading in popularity at 42 per cent, followed DP Ruto at 38 per cent, is an indication that Kenyans have realized Ruto’s campaigns have been filled with lies over the years.

“It is now upon us as Azimio to harvest from those people who have finally realized that UDA is nothing else other than lies,” said Kioni.

UDA on Wednesday wrote a complaint letter to the National Intelligence Service (NIS) over remarks made by Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho who claimed an intelligence report had projected a victory by Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga.

Kibicho, a fierce opponent of DP Ruto, claimed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s preferred successor would win the election with 60 percent of the votes.

The Ruto-led party sought to understand whether Kibicho’s remarks were based on NIS data, arguing that such “reckless” use of intelligence reports may jeopardize the August 9 presidential election.  

“Whether the public utterances by The Principal Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government to the effect that the Azimio candidate would purportedly secure a first round win in the August 2022 elections with 60 percent of the votes, are premised on official NIS Reports on polling information,” the letter read in part.  

UDA further threatened legal action if the NIS Director General failed to give an explanation to the concerns raised, adding that it could file a motion to have the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji investigate and charge the people involved in the intelligence leakage.

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