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Deputy President William Ruto's led Kenya Kwanza faction has demanded that the government makes public an intelligence report which indicated a first-round win for former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, in the August 9 polls.
Speaking at an economic forum in Makueni County on Thursday, June 2, Ford Kenya party leader, Moses Wetangula, challenged Interior Principal Secretary, Karanja Kibicho, to publish a report from the National Intelligence Service (NIS) which projected Raila's win at 60 per cent.
He stated that Kenyans had the right to know the details of the report given that the institution is financed by taxpayers.Interior PS Karanja Kibicho appearing before the National Assembly Committee on Administration and National Security on March 17, 2022.File
'If you have access to national intelligence, that is not your property. National intelligence is paid for by these taxpayers. Any intelligence must be shared will all Kenyans," stated Wetangula.
Further, the Senator stated that Kenya Kwanza was confident of winning the polls, citing their grassroots support. He accused the government of using the report to influence the perceptions of Kenyans to win votes for the Azimio candidate.
"We have toured the whole country and I can tell you that things look good for us. That is why you are seeing government officials such as Kibicho worried."
During an interview on Citizen TV on May 31, Kibicho expressed confidence in Raila's candidature stating that an intelligence report indicated that the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party would win in the first round by a big margin.
Kibicho made the statements in reference to ICT Cabinet Secretary, Joe Mucheru, who had earlier stated there would be no runoff in the August General Election.
"We don't speak from emotions ourselves we speak from facts. If you ask me what the data is saying today I will give you it as it is and if you think it is misleading tell me what data you have and from where that it says otherwise.
“It is a first-round win. This is intelligence data and that’s what it's saying. It is about 60 percent,” he stated then.
Earlier, during a meeting with European Union (EU) ambassadors, DP Ruto alleged that there were plans to rig the elections. He claimed that close to a million of his supporters had been removed from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) register.
"We will take a position as a party, we are writing to the IEBC as you have seen in the media that there was an attempt to obliterate names from the IEBC register and so far, almost 800,000 names, about 1,000,000 names have somehow disappeared from the register and it is in the public domain. I think the IEBC has stated that they are doing some remedial steps," he stated.DP William Ruto and Ford Kenya party leader, Moses Wetangula during a church service in Vihiga County on Sunday, February 6, 2022.DP Ruto
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