Allegations Of ID Buying, Misuse Of Chiefs Cloud August Polls

Raila Odinga's Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition and Deputy President William Ruto's Kenya Kwanza Alliance both accused the other of using unethical tactics

DP Ruto addressing a crowd at a rally in Garissa

Barely a week before the election, allegations of buying national identity cards from potential voters, and an alleged plan to deploy chiefs to influence the polls on August 9 have rocked the presidential race.

In a heated exchange on Saturday, Raila Odinga’s Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition and Deputy President William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza Alliance both accused the other of using unethical tactics to win the contentious race.

In order to help Mr. Odinga win the succession contest, Dr. Ruto claims that President Uhuru Kenyatta forced chiefs and other civil servants to use their positions.

Jubilee Party claimed that DP Ruto was planning to buy out Azimio poll agents, particularly in Mt. Kenya, where he enjoys significant support, through its secretary-general Jeremiah Kioni.
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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has acknowledged instances of dishonest people traveling the nation to purchase ID cards from registered voters in advance of the elections.
Voters must have their identification with them while casting their ballots, such as an ID or passport.

Since then, the commission has given Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai the details regarding the unauthorized purchase of IDs in order for her to conduct an investigation and take appropriate legal action against the offenders.

Separately, the DP asserted that chiefs and other state officials were coerced into participating in activities designed to affect the results of the presidential elections.


Dr. Ruto made claims about late-night meetings where the officials were allegedly threatened to vote for Mr. Odinga of the Azimio party.

In a social media post, he warned that the chiefs’ efforts to subvert the will of the people run the risk of escalating tensions in the nation.