NASA issue three fresh demands
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.”