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The Interior PS has responded after allegations of the government buying ID cards ahead of the general election.

Interior PS Karanja Kibicho has responded to claims that the government is using local administrators to buy national identification cards from voters.

Addressing the media on Saturday, July 30, Kibicho dismissed the allegations as meaningless and baseless, adding that the government had no need to buy IDs from Kenyans.

“Allegations that we are buying ID cards are just meaningless and baseless. We have no need to buy people’s ID cards and I do not understand why we would use them anywhere,” Kibicho stated.

The allegations emerged from leaders allied to the Kenya Kwanza Alliance where they claimed that the government was using local administrators to rig the upcoming general election.

 IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati. 

On Thursday, July 28, IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati said that the electoral agency had been notified of people buying identification cards from voters.

Chebukati said that the matter had been forwarded to the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai adding that action will be taken.

"It has come to our attention that there are some people who are going around buying IDs from voters and that information we have passed over to the IG and action will be taken,” Chebukati said.

Meanwhile, Chebukati said that IEBC was ready for the general election urging Kenyans to turn up in large numbers to vote in the polls.