NASA is­sue three fresh de­mands

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - BY LUKE AWICH /

NASA lead­ers have is­sued three fresh de­mands re­gard­ing the elec­toral body ahead of the new pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Op­po­si­tion chiefs Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mu­davadi and Moses We­tang’ula yes­ter­day laid bare what they said were ir­re­duc­ible min­i­mums be­fore go­ing to the polls.

The op­po­si­tion team, which suc­cess­fully con­tested the re­elec­tion of Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta, are de­mand­ing the ax­ing of se­nior IEBC of­fi­cers led by CEO Ezra Chiloba, who they claimed were cul­pa­ble in bungling the polls.

Chiloba is per­ceived within op­po­si­tion cir­cles as the Ju­bilee point man in the Com­mis­sion.

Raila’s team have also de­manded a fresh list of Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cers, claim­ing the ma­jor­ity of of­fi­cers on Au­gust 8 were ac­com­plices in vote rig­ging.

NASA claimed that po­lice of­fi­cers from the Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Service were used as Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cers to help in Ju­bilee’s rig­ging scheme.

The op­po­si­tion team is also de­mand­ing that a new print­ing firm be iden­ti­fied to print the Pres­i­den­tial bal­lot pa­pers for the com­ing re­peat polls.

Al-Ghu­rair, they claimed, did a sub­stan­dard job, in­clud­ing print­ing bal­lot pa­pers with no se­cu­rity fea­tures.

Raila told sup­port­ers he de­feated Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta by 1.5 mil­lion votes dur­ing the Au­gust 8 polls.

The op­po­si­tion chief claimed his votes were sys­tem­at­i­cally de­ducted while those of his ri­val were added to deny him vic­tory.

The NASA lead­ers were speak­ing yes­ter­day dur­ing their first rally since the rul­ing in Masinde Muliro Grounds, Mathare con­stituency.

Raila said both the IEBC and Ju­bilee knew he had won the polls and that in­formed their re­fusal to open the IEBC por­tal, even af­ter be­ing or­dered to do so by the Supreme Court.

He how­ever ex­pressed con­fi­dence in trounc­ing Uhuru this time.

Raila, in an­other at­tack on se­cu­rity of­fi­cers, said, “We re­spect our Army and Po­lice, but we are telling them not to get in­volved in elec­tion mat­ters. Let Kenyans elect their own lead­ers”.

The IEBC in its cur­rent form, he said, can­not con­duct cred­i­ble polls and called for re­struc­tur­ing ahead of the new pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

“You can­not force Kenyans to go to an elec­tion su­per­vised by thieves. We will only go to the elec­tion af­ter know­ing the ref­eree does not favour any side,” he de­clared.

He also claimed that former Chief of the De­fence Forces Gen­eral Julius Karangi was be­hind the vote ma­nip­u­la­tion and display of fake re­sults in the IEBC por­tal.

Karangi, Raila noted, was op­er­at­ing a vote­ma­nip­u­la­tion tal­ly­ing cen­tre in Karen, where the rig­ging took place.

Raila also crit­i­cised Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta over his at­tack on the Ju­di­ciary and Chief Jus­tice David Maraga.

“You have a duty in law and in fact to re­spect the Supreme Court ver­dict,” said We­tang’ula.

Mu­davadi de­manded for ac­tion from the French au­thor­i­ties on Safran Iden­tity, which was con­tracted to of­fer trans­mis­sion ser­vices and in­stead “aided the sub­ver­sion of the will of Kenyans.”

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