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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

NASA MPs-elect urge supporters to be calm

A supporter of opposition leader Raila Odinga carries a banner and shouts slogans as others run along a street in Humura, Nairobi, on Thursday /REUTERS /THOMAS MUKOYA
A supporter of opposition leader Raila Odinga carries a banner and shouts slogans as others run along a street in Humura, Nairobi, on Thursday /REUTERS /THOMAS MUKOYA

Opposition MPs-elect yesterday claimed NASA Presidential candidate Raila Odinga won Tuesday's General Election even as they urged their supporters to remain calm yet vigilant for justice.

An array of MPs elected on NASA affiliate tickets remained adamant that unless the IEBC declared Raila the 'President-elect' then there will be no justice.

The lawmakers addressed the press at Orange House, Nairobi, at noon yesterday as the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission kicked off a flurry of activities at the Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi, to announce the presidential results.

Led by ODM chairman and Suba South MP-elect John Mbadi, the lawmakers dismissed the IEBC tallies that showed Uhuru leading Raila by a huge margin.

They termed the election results a fraud.

“The people of Kenya are tired of these fraudulent elections,” Mbadi said.

“This is not the first time we are seeing a fraudulent announcement of election results. I don’t think the people of Kenya are prepared to continue with this fraud.”

The opposition, however, called on their supporters to remain calm awaiting the ‘declaration’ of Raila Odinga ‘the President-elect’.

“Remain calm but remain vigilant for justice. Justice must be done for the people of Kenya,” Mbadi said.

He was with a number of opposition MPs-elect.

ODM treasurer Timothy Bosire said it was unfortunate that millions of Kenyans who turned up to cast their votes were being taken through a fraudulent process.

He asked NASA supporters to remain calm and peaceful although he emphasised that the opposition was ready to pay any cost to ensure Kenyans get justice.

“It takes a cost to realise what a destiny will be. Whatever the cost we will make a decision as a country,” the outgoing Kitutu Masaba MP said.

“Kenyans expected to have leaders of their choice. We should be allowed to have what is our choice.”

Kiminini MP-elect Chris Wamalwa termed the whole electioneering process fraudulent and whose results cannot be forced down the throats of Kenyans.

“When the process is fraudulent the output is obviously fraudulent,” he said.

Provisional results since Election Day showed President Uhuru Kenyatta was leading against NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga.

Wamalwa accused the IEBC of ignoring the Elections Act, which sought to raise the integrity threshold in the processing of presidential results.

“They [IEBC] were just transmitting everything to Bomas. The court was clear that the constituency returning officers were to receive results from polling stations before transmitting the results to Bomas,” he said.

Wamalwa said the issues the opposition has raised must be addressed by IEBC so that Raila is "declared the President-elect".

“The matter must be looked deeper to get who is the right winner. We want IEBC to follow due process and announce the appropriate winner of the election,” he said.

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