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[VIDEO] NASA vacate Runda tallying centre after Flying Squad raid

NASA officials scrutinise forms 34A and 34B at the coalition's tallying centre in Runda, August 11, 2017. /JACK OWUOR
NASA officials scrutinise forms 34A and 34B at the coalition's tallying centre in Runda, August 11, 2017. /JACK OWUOR

NASA has reportedly moved equipment and staff from its Runda tallying centre after Flying Squad officers went to the premises on Friday.

The officers went there to release two Gigiri DCI officers who were detained at the centre.

The plain clothes detectives reportedly sneaked into the tallying centre while pretending to be journalists.

"It was easy to know them since [when] we asked them to produce their press cards, they could not. On further interrogation, we realised they were armed," said NASA agent-in-charge John Simekha.

Simekha said during the confrontation, the officers identified themselves as detectives.

More than 100 NASA staff speedily left the centre in several vehicles shortly after.

Men said to be DCI officers who were arrested and detained at the NASA tallying centre in Runda, Nairobi, August 11, 2017. /JACK OWUOR

Journalists were not allowed to film the incident and were ordered to leave the premises.

David Ndee, who is heading NASA's technical team, told the press they opened the premises to dispel rumour the coalition is disputing presidential results relayed at Bomas of Kenya without evidence.

"We have been working day and night and for sure what we have gathered is shocking, compared to what IEBC is projecting," he said.

Read: Raila, Kalonzo meet IEBC chiefs ahead of president announcement

NASA chief agent and principal Musalia Mudavadi told reporters at Nairobi's ABC Place that Raila must be sworn in as Kenya's fifth President.

Vehicles ferry NASA officials out of their Runda tallying centre in Nairobi, August 11, 2017. /JACK OWUOR

This came a day after he said the IEBC system had been hacked and figures manipulated in favor of Kenyatta.

Yesterday, the IEBC admitted there had been a hacking attempt but said it had failed and the system was secure.

The NASA statement read by Mudavadi said: “Based on the foregoing, we demand the IEBC chairperson announce the presidential election results forthwith and declare Rt Hon Raila Amolo Odinga and H. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka as the duly elected President and Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya, respectively.

He addressed the media as Raila stood by.

NASA's tallying centre in Runda, Nairobi, August 11, 2017. /JACK OWUOR

The UK government issued a statement urging that disputes be addressed through established resolution mechanisms.

"We urge all political parties and candidates to remember that Kenya and Kenyans matter more than any candidate, party or election, and to refrain from any actions or statements which could heighten tensions whilst the country awaits the vote outcome," the statement said.


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