- Jubilee party has finally issued an official statement after Raila Odinga was heckled in their strongholds
- In the statement, Jubilee strongly condemns the chaos that erupted in Thika
- The statement, however, also seemed to be faulting opposition
The Jubilee party has issued an official statement regarding the heckling incidents that are fast threatening to become a trend with elections barely 24 days away.
One of the most talked about incidents involved NASA leader Raila Odinga who was badly heckled and his motorcade stoned as he toured Thika county on Thursday, July 13.
In a statement seen by TUKO.co.ke, the Jubilee party is now warning its supporters against any acts of violence against opposition as they tour Jubilee strongholds.
NASA supporters were not spared either as the statement was also keen on the heckling of Deputy President William Ruto on Wednesday.
The DP was badly rejected by supporters in Kisumu as he attempted to address them, with some shouting for the president to take to the podium.
Despite the condemnation of the attacks on opposition by rival supporters, Jubilee, in the statement, still faulted opposition for allegedly escalating tension by interfering with the ballot paper tender.
Here is the full statement:
"The Jubilee Party vehemently condemns recent outbreaks of violence during campaign rallies. For democracy to function well, people must be ensured of their safety and freedom to attend rallies in order to engage with the political campaign.
"While free speech must be ruthlessly protected, acts of deliberate disruption, and in particular, violence must be stopped. Violence has been observed in Thika and Murang’a as well as Kisumu, Homa Bay and Baringo. The Jubilee Party is not blind to the clear connection between the deliberate erosion of public trust in the integrity of our elections and our independent bodies, and the culminating frustration of supporters manifesting in incidents of violence.
"Constant peddling of conspiracy theories, allegations that the elections are going to be rigged, attacks against the IEBC and claims that various organs of Government are working in favour of one political party are designed to raise tensions through the propagation of distrust. The Jubilee Party has repeatedly stated that it respects the independence of institutions such as the IEBC and will give them space and time to work effectively. President Uhuru Kenyatta has also stated on repeated occasions that he will accept the result of the ballot. We urgently implore that Raila Odinga and the other NASA co-principals prioritise public interest over and above their own political ambitions, and desist from stoking suspicions against Kenya’s electoral system in order to claim victory by undermining the credibility of the ballot.
"NASA leaders should publicly profess their support for the IEBC and focus their campaign on their vision and policies for Kenya. This is what the people of Kenya deserve. Media and international observers also have a responsibility to encourage all political actors to respect the independence of the institutions responsible for conducting accountable and credible elections and urge politicians to cease deliberate inflammation of tensions that could have disastrous consequences."
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