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February 22, 2018

Wangusi under pressure to deny election fraud, Raila says

NASA principals Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Raila Odinga (ODM) and Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) during a press conference at Capitol Hill in Nairobi, March 2, 2017. /JACK OWUOR
NASA principals Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Raila Odinga (ODM) and Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) during a press conference at Capitol Hill in Nairobi, March 2, 2017. /JACK OWUOR

The Communications Authority is under pressure to deny poll malpractices in the August 8 election, NASA leader Raila Odinga has said.

This was part of Raila's response on Wednesday after CA director general Francis Wangusi's said he should stop engaging in blanket lynching’ of investors.

Wangusi said this after Raila claimed one of Safaricom's VPNs terminated transmission of results, cutting links between KIEMs kits and IEBC servers.

Read more: Stop blanket lynching of investors, CA says on Raila's Safaricom claims

In an address to the press at Capitol Hill in Nairobi on Wednesday, the Opposition leader asked how the electoral agency transferred national data outside the country.

"They are under pressure to respond. The data was transferred by Safaricom to the server in France. How did IEBC transfer it back to Kenya without using service providers?"

Raila further said they have the powers to stop Kenyans from using certain providers.

"The question we asked yesterday has not been addressed. We have the powers ..if they want to strangle democracy we won't allow that," he said.

"We can tell our people not to buy services. That time is coming...it has not come yet."

The Opposition leader had claimed the IEBC cloud server to which transmission was terminated is registered in Spain but operated from France by OT-Morpho - the KIEMS kits supplier.

But Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore dismissed the claims saying the firm transmitted all election results from the KIEMS kits to IEBC servers as per laid down procedures.

More on this: [Statement] We'll not let IEBC, Jubilee and local partners rig again - Raila

Also read: Safaricom didn't collude with IEBC to rig polls, Collymore tells Raila

Raila claimed IEBC reported the theft to Safaricom but the firm continued to allow the kits to transmit results even though they were no longer under IEBC's control.

 

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