Ruto’s chief agent Kithure Kindiki claims Azimio planning to reject poll results
Deputy President William Ruto's chief agent in the upcoming presidential elections, Kithure Kindiki, has dismissed as propaganda claims that the Kenya Kwanza alliance is planning to rig the polls.
The Tharaka Nithi Senator was reacting to a report by a local daily that some of Ruto's allies have close links to Lykos (Hellas) SA Holdings, the firm that has been awarded a Ksh3 billion tender to print the ballot papers to be used during the polls.
The Greek firm, which was awarded the tender by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in October last year, was also tasked with delivering other election materials.
In an article that appeared in the Daily Nation on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, Ford Kenya Party leader Moses Wetangula is accused of influencing the tender awarding process, through lobbying and writing to the Greek Embassy to facilitate the travel plans of his confidants to the European country.
Kindiki rubbished media reports
But Kindiki belittled the matter as trivial and a desperate attempt by the Azimio One Kenya coalition to prepare the ground for them to reject the results.
"The trivial propaganda about the ballot printing tender by our main competitor ODM /Azimio is a cheap and desperate attempt to prepare the ground for them to reject the results," Kindiki said in a statement shared on his Facebook page.
Kindiki warned the Azimio team to brace for a resounding defeat come August insisting that no one, including the outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta, will be able to help them.
"Folks, in 33 days, you will not know what hit you! Time is up, and sorry, the outgoing President and State Machinery will not save you from the oncoming defeat," he added.
The allegations come days after the Azimio team wrote to IEBC demanding that the commission provides them with a list of all polling stations together with their geo-reference, information on Kenya Integrated Election Management System (KIEMS) kits, training of election officials, and election management.
The Raila Odinga-led camp also demanded to know measures taken against IEBC officials implicated in the illegal transfer of voters.