Lamu curfew Jubilee ploy to create voter apathy: NASA
National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka have accused the government of imposing a curfew in Lamu, Tana River and Garissa Counties to create voter apathy during the August 8th General Elections.
On July 8, Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the three counties, which NASA believes are their strongholds, following a series of deadly attacks by suspected Al-Shabaab militants.
Sensing mischief in the government’s move especially when the country is heading to the polls in less than a month’s time, the opposition coalition says that Jubilee wants to technically bar the electorates from casting their votes on August 8 out of fear and intimidation.
“Imposing a curfew in election time is suspicious. This is a ploy by Jubilee to scare voters… We want the government to lift the curfew three days before the election and on the election Day,” said Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka.
Speaking on Saturday, July 22, during their campaign rally in Lamu, former Prime Minister Mr. Odinga faulted the government for failing to provide security for its citizens, vowing to withdraw Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) from Somalia and focus on securing peace our territory once elected into power.
“Kenyans are dying here in Lamu. It is so ironic that we don’t have proper security in our own country yet we have deployed KDF in Somalia to seek peace. We, if elected into power, will bring back our soldiers so that they can secure our borders,” said the ODM Party leader.