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Jubilee buying IDs from Kisumu residents, NASA MPs claim

Racquel Dianah K.
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Nyando MP Jared Okello at a past media briefing. [Photo/@MayiengaFM]

Opposition legislators in Kisumu county are accusing Jubilee party of buying of ID cards from the locals so as to reduce NASA numbers ahead of the October 17 presidential poll.Led by Nyando MP Jared Okello and Onyango Koyoo of Muhoroni, the leaders called on police to investigate the matter.According to the MPs, the IDs attract between Sh1,000 to Sh5,000.They further claimed that the ID buying was also happening in some parts of the western region."The reports are not only in Kisumu but in other parts of the country such as Busia, Bungoma and Kakamega counties," Okello said on Tuesday as quoted by the star."Jubilee leaders, having panicked about us having numbers to affect their win, are now desperately working overtime to win the election," he added.Okello noted it is unconstitutional to buy ID cards from voters."We are not going to allow people’s political rights to be suppressed by Jubilee or their representatives," he noted."Let us go to the ballot freely. Let the best team win. These unconstitutional acts of buying IDs and intimidating chiefs and all other useless things must stop," Okello added.Their allegations came after two suspects were arrested by a mob in Awasi and Ahero before being whisked away by police.Kisumu County commissioner Mohammed Maalim said they are yet to establish if those behind the scheme are Jubilee sympathisers."Locals suspected that those who vied on Jubilee tickets were behind the scheme but it has been established this is false," Maalim told the Star on phone.

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