Wetangula rubbishes claims to have links with the company that was awarded a tender of printing ballot papers

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Senator Wetangula with Kiminini MP Dr. Chris Wamalwa
Senator Wetangula with Kiminini MP Dr. Chris Wamalwa

The Ford Kenya leader has rubbished claims of doing business with a Greek firm contracted to print ballot papers for the 9th August polls.

Wetangula who spoke in Trans Nzoia during a series of rallies to drum up support for Kenya Kwanza Presidential Candidate Dr. William Ruto said the report carried by one of the Kenyan newspaper was false.

He asked those who were dragging him in the mud to keep him off their wild dreams.

“I haven’t been in any business relation with IEBC or the firm awarded ballot printing papers and there is no relationship with someone being linked to me,” he said.

He told the ODM team led by Junet Mohamed who had alleged that he and Kenya Kwanza planned to rig the elections to concentrate on something else since whatever they were advancing would back fire.

The ODM leaders had alleged in the newspaper that the Bungoma Senator had relations with Joshua Abdalla Makokha whom they alleged sought the Senator’s assistance to travel to Greece.

The newspaper’s  report  had claimed that the Senator’s aide met with officials of the Greek company hired to print the ballot papers in June 2021.

Makokha according to the report travelled to Athens to meet the officials.

‘’Is total diversion from the real election issues, Azimio people should tell how they plan to deal with the runaway corruption, high cost of living, state capture and conflict of interests in the running  of  the country, ‘’ he said.

Wetangula who addressed rallies in Sinoko, Bwayi, Saboti and Kiminini tore into those peddling the malicious rumour  and said he had instructed his lawyers to take action against the newspaper.

“If any letters were written on letterheads indicating they are from the Bungoma Senator’s office, they must be forgeries!! I have never written such letters. I do not and I repeat, I do not know the three foreigners being referred to,” Wetang’ula said.

On Tuesday, Azimio Secretary General Junet Mohamed called on IEBC, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to immediately begin investigations on the Senator’s relationship with Inform Lykos (Hellas) SA  company and take action to protect the election from any form of interference.

He also demanded that IEBC makes public information on measures they have put in place to ensure there will be no lapse during the election.

Wetang’ula is alleged to have invited Awa David Anderson, Antonio Ramon Fernandez and Gkrekis Konstantinos to Kenya for a week from January 14, 2021.

On June 10, he is also alleged to have written to the Greek Ambassador to Kenya Antonios Sgourpoulos to grant Joshua Abdalla Makokha a Schengen visa so he could travel to Athens, Greece.

The request was made just two months before the company was awarded the tender.

Ford Kenya Secretary General Dr. Chris Wamalwa who is the Kenya Kwanza Trans Nzoia gubernatorial candidate exuded confidence residents will overwhelmingly elect him as their second governor.

The MP claimed that his rival had a hand in recent road accidents among them one in Kiminini which claimed the life of a woman who was roasting maize by the roadside.

‘’Pray for me so that the accidents targeting me be destroyed. I blame my competitor for the misfortunes which were aimed at finishing me’’ he said in Mufutu.

Wamalwa’s clearance  now threaten to usher  in a battle royal  with his main rival,  former Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya of Azimio la Umoja who is traversing all corners seeking support from the electorate to succeed outgoing  governor Patrick Khaemba.

Natembeya has near-fanatical support from the Jubilee Party, Democratic Action Party of Kenya allied to Defence CS Eugene Wamalwa and ODM of Azimio Presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga.

Wamalwa, is banking on the support of Deputy President Dr. William Ruto, Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula and his ANC counterpart Musalia Mudavadi.

He urged his rivals to carry out peaceful campaigns and avoid derogatory and incendiary language throughout the campaign.

He promised to establish a Fertilizer Fund which he said will cushion farmers against harsh economic conditions.