In the wake of divisions and counter-accusations with rival camps blaming each other for bungling Raila Odinga’s presidential bid, Azimio la Umoja has addressed reports of misappropriation of funds meant to hire enough agents to oversee the August 9 presidential elections.
Azimio addresses reports of misappropriation of funds in Raila's camp
Importantly, let me state clearly that the issue of agents was not the cause of a bungled election- Raila Odinga Presidential Campaign Secretariat Spokesperson Makau Mutua.
The coalition released a statement on Sunday, September 11, dismissing the claims and clarifying that no money was misappropriated during the campaigns.
Suna East Member of Parliament, Junet Mohamed’s name surfaced in the claims of misappropriation of funds.
The statement signed by Raila Odinga Presidential Campaign Secretariat Spokesperson Makau Mutua cleared the MP from any wrongdoing, stating that he (Junet) was a campaign leader and did not handle the funds meant for agents, maintaining that not a single penny was lost.
"We have seen shameful and disgusting attacks on some members of our Campaign on the question of agents. Defamatory and obviously false allegations of the misappropriation of campaign funds are flying on social media. Specifically, I have seen scurrilous attacks on Hon. Junet Mohamed accusing him of misappropriating funds meant for agents.
"Let me state without equivocation that Hon Mohamed was a campaign lead in the field supporting the Rt Hon. Raila Odinga. He at no time-even once-handled funds meant for agents. Nor did Mr Mohamed have anything whatsoever to do with the management of agents," Mutua noted in the statement.
Mutua was responding to claims that went viral on social media, accusing the Suna East lawmaker and others of bungling Raila’s bid by misappropriating money meant for agents.
The reports which have since been dismissed as false and malicious alleged that Azimio did not have agents in some polling stations during the August elections.
Blaming IEBC and having enough agents
Mutua noted that Azimio hired enough agents for the exercise, with the agents satisfactorily fulfilling their duties and noted that ensuring a free and fair election was not their mandate.
"Importantly, let me state clearly that the issue of agents was not the cause of a bungled election. We must appreciate that it is not the responsibility of candidates to protect the vote, or conduct a free and fair election.
"That constitutional duty lies squarely with the IEBC working in concert with relevant institutions. No one should blame Azimio or our candidates for stolen votes or a fatally flawed election," read the statement in part.
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