The arrest of Jubilee MP Hon Mary Emaase (URP,Teso South) by Ugandan authorities over illegal issuance of Kenyan ID cards and subsequent registration as voters is a true confirmation that Raila was right, that state spy agency NIS is actively involved in the registration of Ethiopians and Ugandan in a bid to rig the August polls.
Hon Emaase was nabbed while in the company of her bodyguard, reportedly went into a compound in Mawero, Uganda where she had gathered a crowd in a registration exercise as the IEBC registration exercise enters its third week. She is alleged to have been found with complete BVR kit and blank Kenyan national ID cards.
Ugandan police, acting on a tip off, are said to have stormed into the compound and surrounded it, her bodyguard was disarmed and arrested. He was held at Tororo police station where Emaase’s official vehicle, a Toyota Fielder, was towed and impounded.
Attempts to reach Emaase to confirm the incident bore no fruit as the PA, Lucy Ogutu, hung up on journalists and did not answer subsequent calls.
Last Tuesday, opposition leader Raila Odinga accused NIS of facilitating foreigners to register as voters in the ongoing mass listing.
“The National Intelligence Service interference is aimed at influencing results the same way it did in 2007 and 2013,” he said in a statement.
Raila said the malpractice involves taking BVR kits to Uganda and Ethiopia and assisting their citizens to register for the poll.
“NIS is also assisting the citizens of these countries to acquire Kenyan identification documents, cross into Kenya and register as voters,” he said.