The Star (Nairobi)

18 February 2013

Kenya: State Denies Claims of Secret Meetings

Government spokesperson Muthui Kariuki yesterday termed allegations of rigging by Cord as reckless, irresponsible and immature. "The government is extremely disturbed by some very serious allegations made by a political operative styling himself as the head of the Raila Secretariat claiming that some senior government officials are involved in acts that can only be read to mean that the government of Kenya is in the process of rigging the forthcoming general election. It is such reckless, irresponsible and immature statements by politicians that almost destroyed this country in 2007/08. Much as this statement is not directly from the Prime Minister, people are known by the company they keep. Whatever the case, the buck stops with him," Muthui said.

Cord secretariat on Saturday alleged that Chief of Defense Forces General Julius Karangi and head of public civil servants Francis Kimemia of actively engaging in politics to help a presidential candidate win. Muthui said the Cord allegations are part of a political strategy to reject the elections should the outcome not favour them.

"I called the Chief of Defense Forces General Karangi who I am happy to report was in Uganda on the day he is supposed to have been holding rigging meetings in his office," Muthui said. DoD spokesman Bogita Ongeri yesterday confirmed the information.

"On February 7, Gen Karangi was in Uganda and never in his office. Those allegations are baseless and simply actuated with extreme malice. The statement from Cord campaign secretariat is inherently nihilistic, petulant and reckless. Military generals are men of honour and high professional standing who do not wish to to be drawn into the sea of politics. They have always embraced KDF values and remained steadfastly apolitical, impartial and patriotic in the conduct of public affairs. They respect order and have high regard for civility," Ongeri said.

Muthui dismissed allegations by Defense assistant minister David Musila that the provincial administration is campaigning for Jubillee. He appealed to politicians to reign in their troops and think of the country before making certain utterances.

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