ODM Fires Back Over Kibra By-election Rigging Claims

ODM has come out guns blazing at Jubilee politicians who, Tuesday, demeaned the Raila Odinga led Party’s win in the Nov. 7 Kibra MP by-election.

In a press address, the Jubilee leaders, led by Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa had accused Odinga of blackmailing President Uhuru Kenyatta and obtaining the Kibra Parliamentarian slot through devious means.

According to Ichung’wa, the former Prime Minister, with the assistance of Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho, instigated the violence witnessed in the hotly contested poll, by deploying goons under the commandership of Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati.


Enraged by the team Tangatanga Tuesday utterances, ODM Spokesman, Phillip Etale, retorted back in a statement on Wednesday, terming the Jubilee sentiments as the last kicks of a dying horse.

“The lawmakers, driven by anger and shame after losing the vote, which the sponsor of their candidate spent a fortune to try and win, have been making juvenile allegations aimed at making the public think there was something fishy with the ODM win,” Etale said.

He also rubbished claims that Odinga, Matiang’i and Kibicho were in cahoots to cause chaos during the Kibra mini-poll.

“Yesterday’s allegations of a non-existent meeting between Hon. Odinga and the two top officials in the Presidency ostensibly to try and drag them into their agony of losing the by-election does, and cannot wash,” he stated.

In the statement, Etale renewed accusations of voter bribery, on Jubilee’s part, as a barbaric means allegedly applied by Mariga sponsors, to try and deny ODM their rightful win.

“What interest did the likes of Kimani Ichung’wa have over and above Mariga? Or is it the inability to account for the millions of shillings they were given to buy victory,” he posed, before advising the legislator and his counterparts to count their losses, literally, and move on.

“We know the pain the DP and his lackeys are experiencing. But their anger is nothing new to us. They are used to depriving voters of the leaders they rightfully and democratically elect through undemocratic means and then resort to the clarion call of “Accept and Move On. Our advice to these leaders to count their losses – political and financial – in silence,” Etale concluded.

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