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Raila Odinga and Musalia Mudavadi address the media in Nairobi. / COURTESY

Raila Odinga, opposition leader, on Tuesday accused the government of trying to rig the August elections with the help of KDF soldiers.

The NASA flag-bearer said that 100 KDF members were deployed to Kakamega county to aid the government in altering the election results.

Raila however noted that they are not driving a wedge into their relationship with the military but appealing to them to honor their code and be neutral.

“KDF soldiers are being trained for recruitment as polling and presiding officers to help rig the election,” he said at a presser in Nairobi.

“Several officers are being hosted in Kakamega at the former provincial HQ. They are being prepared to become Returning Officers.”

Raila further claimed the soldiers are training civilians and that the programme is similar to what was allegedly done at the same venue before the 2007 general election.

“We are challenging the national government and leaders of security forces to explain why military officers are training civilians,” he said.

He claimed: “A training of KDF officers on crowd control is going on at Embakasi military barracks.”

Raila noted Kenya needs good leadership and peace considering the violence that took place after the disputed 2007 election.

“This country deserves good leadership. It is upon us [to prevent] a repeat of what happened in 2007. That is why we are pointing this out,” he said.

He accused top security officials of recently holding three meetings in Naivasha to ensure President Uhuru Kenyatta retains power at all costs.

He claimed former Chief of Defence Forces General Julius Karangi is chairing the secret meetings. He further claimed that among those attending are the army commander, commandant of the National Defence College, commander of the Air force and CID and NIS directors.

Raila said the meetings have been going on at Great Rift Valley Lodge, Lake Elementaita lodge and Lake Naivasha lodge.

On the ballot printing tender, Raila said Jubilee is making wild allegations about his involvement with a South African company.

“There are several companies in Europe, UK, Germany which are capable of printing ballot papers. I have heard Duale talking about a firm in SA. I am not that cheap to be involved in the tendering of ballot papers. We are not rooting for another company,” he said.

“Ballot paper printing isn’t rocket science.”

The opposition has threatened to boycott the poll if the Al- Ghurair tender is not cancelled.