UDA Decries Increased Insecurity Cases During Political Rallies

[Photo: UDA Party]

The United Democratic Alliance Party has written to President Uhuru Kenyatta expressing concern over the recent insecurity at political rallies.

Through its chairman Johnson Muthama and secretary-general Veronica Maina, the party sent a letter to the president over chaos witnessed at Deputy President William Ruto’s rally at Jacaranda Grounds on Sunday.

It notes that Ruto’s Bottom-up campaigns were disrupted by rowdy youths chanting ODM slogans as the police were forced to lob tear gas canisters.

UDA further alleges that the youth were encouraged and facilitated by the ODM Party leader Raila Odinga to prevent Ruto’s rally from taking place.

It then notes that no action has been taken by the security forces following the incident.

The UDA party is now calling for the arrest of those involved in the matter, saying that the use of violence to advance political strategies should be put to an end.

In the Handshake era, ODM’s Bedroom Policy and the use of violence to advance political strategies appear to receive tacit official support to the extent that all incidents of threatened and actual violent disruption of our political events, as well as attacks on our members, are invariably treated with a contemptuous absence of seriousness,” reads part of the letter.

The party then went ahead to highlight other Ruto rallies that were interfered with by ODM supporters.

The party says it wants assurance of safety from the Head of State, that the government will be impartial during the electioneering period.

“We, therefore, demand an assurance from Your Excellency, as the chairman of the National Security Council, that Kenyan lives and property remain protected under the law.

That the instruments of State and security apparatus will not be deployed in a partisan manner, or to cause mayhem and deaths to propel a preferred candidate to victory, hence compromising the constitutional right of 50 million Kenyans to have a say in a free fair, transparent and peaceful election guaranteed by the Constitution,” stated UDA.

This comes after they wrote Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to conduct investigations into the Jacaranda matter and for the perpetrators to be brought to book.

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