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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

'No October poll until Chiloba is out': NASA gives IEBC nine fresh demands


NASA chiefs Raila Odinga (ODM), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) and Moses Wetang'ula (Ford Kenya) arrive for a rally in Kibra, Nairobi, September 12, 2017. /DENNIS KAVISU
NASA chiefs Raila Odinga (ODM), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) and Moses Wetang'ula (Ford Kenya) arrive for a rally in Kibra, Nairobi, September 12, 2017. /THE STAR
IEBC treated NASA chiefs with contempt on Tuesday, Raila Odinga has said, reiterating they will not go to the repeat election with the team as currently constituted.
The NASA presidential candidate, DP hopeful Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetang'ula and Musalia Mudavadi had a meeting at the commission earlier today.
Mudavadi said they were given a "strange" document they had never seen before.

Following the 'disappointment', the Opposition coalition has issued the commission with nine conditions for the October 17 pols to take place. They include the removal of CEO Ezra Chiloba for being complicit in processing illegal results in the August polls.
“We have given them conditions, if those conditions are not met there will be no elections on October 17,” Raila said on Tuesday.
"Wasipotoka tutawatoa(If they don't go, we will remove them)."
NASA also wants IEBC to appoint 291 new returning officers for the polls and open its servers as was ordered by the Supreme Court.

NASA supporters listen to chiefs Raila Odinga (ODM), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) and Moses Wetang'ula (Ford Kenya) during a rally in Kibra, Nairobi, September 12, 2017. /DENNIS KAVISU
Speaking at a rally in Kibra, the former Prime Minister said President Uhuru Kenyatta knows he will lose the election and that is why he is planning an impeachment against him in advance.
"Uhuru hapana tishatisha sisi bwana (Do not try to scare us Uhuru)," Raila said.

Raila said IEBC itself admitted that the August polls were rigged going by the memo IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati wrote to Chiloba.
The memo listed 12 issues that the chair wanted Chiloba to respond to concerning the anomalies that befell the August 8 sham polls.
Raila reiterated that he won the elections with a margin of 1.5 million votes.
"UHURU, RUTO LACK SERIOUSNESS"
Kalonzo, who is Wiper leader, said the DPP must move with speed to take action against two individuals who were involved in hacking the IEBC servers.
He identified two culprits only as Mugo and Wamae as the culprits.
"What happened was a fraudulently managed election. And therefore if he does not arrest them he is complicit," Kalonzo said.


NASA supporters listen to chiefs Raila Odinga (ODM), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) and Moses Wetang'ula (Ford Kenya) during a rally in Kibra, Nairobi, September 12, 2017. /DENNIS KAVISU
On the meeting with the IEBC on Tuesday, Kalonzo said Jubilee showed lack of seriousness by sending DP William Ruto to a joint meeting with IEBC yet he is not a presidential candidate.
IEBC had called the meeting to discuss pertinent issues concerning the repeat polls that both coalitions have raised.
Kalonzo said the document the commission handed them outlining the road map to the repeat elections does not address the issues they have raised.
"I want to tell you, Chebukati, the Supreme Court has found you guilty of electoral malpractice, and instead of correcting your mistakes, you are compounding them," Kalonzo said.
NASA principals led by Raila attended the meeting but left after Jubilee failed to show up.
Moments later, however, Ruto, Majority leader Aden Duale and Senator Kipchumba Murkomen showed up.
Ruto said they were late because they were attending a Parliamentary Group Meeting.

"BASELESS THREAT TO IMPEACH RAILA"
NASA chief campaigner Musalia Mudavadi said Uhuru's threat that he will impeach Raila if he wins the polls is baseless.
Mudavadi noted an impeachment motion must have strong constitutional grounds for it to see the light of day.
"So we are telling Uhuru, if the people of Kenya have elected Raila, what crime has he committed for him to be impeached?
"What we are seeing is that Uhuru wants to change the constitution and remove the clause capping the presidential term so that he remains in power forever. We will not accept...we are standing very firm..."

The ANC leader told the President to respect the constitution noting the statement on impeachment was reckless and authoritarian.
"Respect the constitution, respect the people of Kenya. You don't own the people of Kenya," Mudavadi said.
Ford Kenya's Wetang'ula gave credit to Uhuru "for acknowledging Raila will win the election by preparing in advance to impeach him".
"I can assure you, Mr Uhuru, that Raila is not going to commit any crime...he is not going to violate the constitution...he is not going to condone corruption," Wetang'ula said.
The Bungoma Senator urged residents in Western Kenya against agreeing to sell their National ID cards ahead of the repeat elections.
Mudavadi earlier claimed the Jubilee administration was using chiefs to buy ID cards from voters in NASA strongholds.
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, Kilifi MP Mishi Mbogo and woman representatives Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay) and Esther Passaris (Nairobi) were among politicians who attended the rally.

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