Charity Ngilu's Exclusive Interview on Azimio's KICC Party [VIDEO]

  • Kitui governor Charity Ngilu during the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) meeting in Mombasa on January 25, 2020.
    Kitui governor Charity Ngilu during the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) meeting in Mombasa on January 25, 2020.
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  • Outgoing Kitui governor, Charity Ngilu, noted that she is confident Azimio La Umoja presidential contender, Raila Odinga, will win the 2022 General Election.

    Speaking exclusively in an interview with Kenyans.co.ke's Ivy Nyawira Gichungo on Thursday, August 11, Ngilu also shed more light on an Azimio la Umoja event scheduled to take place at the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC).

    She explained that she was confident the former Prime Minister would emerge victorious as per the provisional results on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) portal.

    "You remember the IEBC portal, which is now being verified and tallied here (Bomas) manually, should we be working with that, then it probably means that we will win.

    "It will be the best thing that will happen to this country if Raila becomes President. He is clear, he has a vision and knows what he wants to do for this country," she answered when questioned about Azimio's plans for the country.

    Raila Odinga's Azimio la Umoja has set up a state-of-the-art celebration centre at KICC in anticipation of his presidential election victory.

    The invited guests will be treated to a red carpet affair from the parking lot to the entrance and into the hall. Along the alley are the Kenyan flag and roll-up banners with the pictures of Raila Odinga and Martha Karua.

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    In the wide ranging interview, Ngilu also criticised the Commission over its slow pace in tallying the presidential election.

    She argued that two days since the voting process was closed, IEBC, headed by Chairman Wafula Chebukati, only released the results of the first constituency. Out of the 30,491 valid votes cast in Webuye East Constituency, 13,720 went to Raila, 16,412 to Deputy President William Ruto, Roots Party's George Wajackoyah garnered 249 while Agano Party's David Mwaure scored 110.

    "The verification and tallying process has been extremely slow because the announcement that was made after the results that came out came two days later and they have only released results of one Constituency which is almost telling us that they will be taking a day to announce a constituency. I hope this will not be the case because we are looking at a long wait.

    "The IEBC officials headed by Wafula Chebukati should keep Kenyans posted by telling them how far they have gone. We were told that we would be briefed by 4p.m. and people came prepared but they talked to Kenyans at around 6:30pm. That is very unprofessional," Ngilu added.

    Regarding her name's inclusion in the Kitui county ballot papers, Ngilu ranked IEBC service as inefficient and lax.

    She argued that she gave the commission an advance notice and they confirmed receipt yet her name still appeared.

    "I had already given IEBC a notice and this shows how inefficient it can be. They stamped my letter to show that I had withdrawn from my race but they still included my name. It shows there is some kind of laxity and inefficiency in IEBC," she protested.

    The Azimio La Umoja flagbearer, Raila Odinga, announced Ngilu's decision to bow out of the race during his tour of Kitui county on June 15. Raila noted that Ngilu would be appointed in his his government should he win the elections.

    A collage of the Azimio Celebration centre at the KICC
    A collage of the Azimio Celebration centre at the KICC.
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