Jubilee Party Secretary General (SG) Raphael Tuju has challenged the National Super Alliance (NASA) to make good their threats to boycott the forthcoming October 17 Presidential election by officially writing to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and declare their intent not to participate.
Addressing a press conference at the Party Headquarters today, Tuju said taxpayers should not be made to pay 12 Billion shillings to prepare and conduct an election that NASA has already said it will not participate in.
Kenyans should be aware that the bigger portion of election expenses is on the preparation and not on the election date.
“But the most obvious game of political conmanship is the threat by NASA leadership of boycotting the October presidential elections on one hand while on the other hand they raking in money from poor wananchi through an Mpesa Paybill number,’” Tuju affirmed.
The Jubilee SG called on NASA to respect the Supreme Court ruling that the IEBC should conduct fresh elections within 60 days as provided for in the constitution without any qualifications.
However, Tuju noted that before even the Court judgment is out, NASA has put conditions that can only be qualified or varied by a detailed judgment- if these were not articulated in the original ruling.
“NASA has failed to go back to the Supreme Court and they are announcing that there will be no election unless those variants to the judgment are factored in. are they suggesting there is something they know that we don’t?” posed Tuju
At the same time, Tuju noted that NASA MPs’ failure to attend parliamentary sittings was hypocritical as they took oath of office to ensure they get into the payroll.