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Kenyan Judiciary On the Defence

By Charles Omondi

Kenya’s Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has defended itself against sustained attacks by the political leaders and their supporters.

Addressing a live television press conference in Nairobi on Tuesday, Chief Justice and JSC President David Maraga said members of his team were ready to pay the ultimate price in the defence of the rule of law.

Judge Maraga re-affirmed the independence of the Judiciary and the commitment of the members to the execution of their mandate.

Act on threats

He expressed dismay that the Inspector General of Police, Mr Joseph Boinet, had failed to act on threats to the lives of the judicial officers.

The Judiciary has come under sustained attacks by the ruling Jubilee coalition leaders and their supporters since the annulment of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s August 8 re-election.

Earlier on Tuesday, hundreds of Jubilee supporters held demonstrations outside the Supreme Court in Nairobi, accusing the country’s top court of “stealing their victory”.

Paralysed transport

Waving placards, the demonstrators, mostly youth, accused the judges of rendering an illegal judgment.

Other demonstrations were also held in the Jubilee in central Kenya and the Rift Valley, the respective homes of President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.

The demonstrators paralysed transport on sections of Kenya’s main artery from Nairobi and the border with Uganda.


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Nasa – We Don’t Want Al Ghurair and Morpho in Poll

By Patrick Lang’at and Silas Apollo

Nasa leader Raila Odinga on Monday demanded new firms print ballots papers and provide technology for the repeat presidential election, arguing that there is enough time to make the changes.

The opposition chief wants the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to dump Dubai-based Al-Ghurair in the printing of ballot papers, and French-based OT-Morpho in the Sh3.8 billion voter identification and results transmission kits tender.

At the same time, Mr Odinga wants the electoral officials, whom the coalition accuses of bungling the invalidated August 8 presidential election, be ejected from office and jailed.


Speaking at the Okoa Kenya Secretariat offices in Lavington, Mr Odinga insisted that the electoral commission has enough time and money to correct its mistakes that led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling that invalidated President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win.

“Time is not a constraint here,” he said of the fears of changing the ballot printer and technology provider with only less than a month to the fresh poll.

“There are about five companies we know that are ready to supply the technology and the Kiems (Kenya Integrated Elections Management System) kits in 30 days if the tender is awarded today.”


As part of its attempts to right the wrongs of the 2013 poll, the commission had made it mandatory to have the Kiems kits arrive in the country at least three months to the polls to enable training and familiarisation with the system before the elections.

Already, Morpho has said the 28 days remaining before the next polls are not enough for it to reconfigure the kits, let alone procure new ones.

However, Nasa MPs on Monday dropped another bombshell on the firm, accusing top Jubilee and electoral officials of receiving a Sh200 million bribe to award the tender for the August 8 elections to Morpho.


MPs Junet Mohamed (Suna East), Opiyo Wandayi (Ugunja), Aisha Jumwa (Malindi), Mishi Mboko (Likoni) and Homa Bay woman representative Gladys Wanga said the money was dispatched in batches of Sh20 million through a law firm based at the city centre.

“The company was involved in corrupt deals here to win the contract and that its action deliberately shifted the IT infrastructure to get an outcome desirable to Jubilee,” Mr Mohamed said.

“We do not need Safran in our election on October 17 or any other date and we will not allow it.”


The MPs also took issue with the failure by the company to block unauthorised access into its systems, which was blamed for altering the presidential election results.

“Safran’s complicity in this fraud extends beyond just hacking but to wilfully allowing gross violations of the IEBC ICT user policy.

“Does Safran deny that only two out of 40,883 Kiems kits transferred data for the entire elections? This is also in the IEBC logs,” Mr Mohamed said.

At Lavington, Mr Odinga said “if they are not careful, we will name them soon” referring to the people he said had colluded with the firm, and accused two of Kenya’s mobile service providers of collaborating in the alleged scheme.

“We have put together information linking local telecommunication firms, particularly Safaricom and Telkom Kenya, in collaboration with Safran and how they stole our votes,” Mr Odinga said.

“We are on the trail of local owners of Safran and the firms that printed fake result declaration forms and ballot papers along Mombasa Road.”


Mr Odinga said the 12 officials Nasa named, including electoral commissioners Abdi Guliye, Boya Molu, chief executive Ezra Chiloba and his two deputies Betty Nyabuto and Marjan Hussein Marjan should be jailed.

The other officials Mr Odinga has named were directors Immaculate Kasait (elections), Praxedes Tororey (legal), James Muhati (ICT), and Moses Kipkosgey, Mr Chiloba’s legal adviser.

Also in the Nasa blacklist are county returning officers Nancy Kariuki (Mombasa), Sidney Namulungu (Kisii) and Silas Rotich (Nakuru).

William Ruto Urges Nasa to Follow Law in Quest for Reforms

By Silas Apollo

Jubilee leaders Sunday asked the opposition to use constitutional means in their quest to push for changes at the electoral commission.

Deputy President William Ruto warned the Nasa leadership against calls for street protests to agitate for the sacking of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission officials and said the move by the opposition was an elaborate plan to push the country into chaos.

Speaking during a Jubilee party rally in Kasarani constituency in Nairobi a few hours after Mr Odinga led other Nasa principals in announcing the countrywide campaigns against the IEBC, Mr Ruto said Nasa leaders are aware that they will lose the October elections and were in panic.

The Deputy President, said that while it was within the right of Nasa to participate or withdraw from the October 17 elections, issuing threats of chaos and violence in the guise of pushing for electoral reforms in the country was unacceptable.


“One person cannot dictate to us that there will be no elections in Kenya. As Jubilee, we are ready for the elections, same as the 19 million registered voters,” he said at the Maji Mazuri grounds rally organised by Nairobi governor Mike Sonko.

“This is a country which is governed by the Constitution and the rule of law. Nobody, even my boss the President, is above the law. And nobody can dare threaten Kenyans. Any other unconstitutional means are unacceptable,” added the DP.

Leaders present at the rally included Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale, Governor Sonko, Nairobi Senator Johnstone Sakaja, MPs Kimani Ichung’wa (Kikuyu), Millicent Omanga (nominated), Mercy Gakuya (Kasarani) and Moses Kuria (Gatundu South).

Nasa has called for the sacking of at least 12 officers of the IEBC, including Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba and two returning officers, who they say were responsible for irregularities that marred the August election.


The opposition has also accused the IEBC of going to bed with the Jubilee government and failing to publish responses given by Mr Chiloba demanded by the commission’s chairman Wafula Chebukati who was seeking clarification on alleged malpractices within the commission during the polls.

Mr Odinga, who was accompanied by co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula, during a press conference in Nairobi on Sunday, also took issue with an audit that IT firm, OT-Morpho, internally conducted and gave itself a clean bill of health over hacking claims, as only serving to cover up the rigging that took place within the commission.

But DP said the IEBC was the only constitutional body mandated by law to hold the elections, and as such, the boycott threats by Nasa were an indication of a coalition fearing defeat.

“In accordance with our Constitution, IEBC will prepare and oversee elections in October,” said the DP.


He accused Nasa of hypocrisy, saying their opposition to the October 17 date, was against the decision given by the Supreme Court, where they sought help to annul the August win by Jubilee.

“Because we respect the rule of law and believe in God, we will go for the repeat polls in October. Those who are complaining and telling us they are not ready for the elections are the same people that went to the courts to annul our win,” said Mr Ruto.

Mr Sonko said Kenyans will not accept a government formed from boardroom negotiations.

“I want to tell them early enough that they should stop dreaming of a coalition government. Kenyans decided on August 8 and will decide again in October 17,” said Mr Sonko.

Mr Duale said Jubilee was ready to swear in President Kenyatta for a second term if the opposition boycotts the polls.

Nasa Starts Bid to Stop Polls Body From Conducting Rerun

By David Mwere

The National Super Alliance (Nasa) has officially began campaigns to block the electoral agency from carrying out the October 17 presidential election.

Speaking during a press conference at Panari Hotel, Nairobi, Nasa flagbearer Raila Odinga said that, in the nationwide campaigns, they will sensitise Kenyans of how the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is unprepared to conduct a credible poll.

“IEBC as currently constituted cannot conduct a free and fair election in October,” Mr Odinga said Sunday.


Moreover, he accused the agency and the Jubilee government of being complicit to electoral malpractices, saying “they are partners in crime”.

“Are we counting on the very institutions and individuals who participated in a coup against the people and tried to install a defeated candidate as winner to ensure an accountable counting, tallying, transmission and transparency of results? Our answer is no,” he said.

They want the chief executive officer Ezra Chiloba, his deputies Marjan Hussein Marjan and Betty Nyabuto, commissioners Abdi Guliye and Molu Boya, ICT boss James Muhati, Immaculate Kassait, Praxedes Tororey and Moses Kipkogey; as well as institute reforms.

“Kenyans are coming for you. Salvage what you can and run. There will be no election with you in office,” Mr Odinga said.


Also, they said that Morpho, which supplied the Kenya Integrated Elections Management System kits, was an accomplice in the rigging, dismissing an audit indicating that the system was not manipulated.

The coalition will hold a rally at Jacaranda grounds in Embakasi East.


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Odinga – I’m Ready to Face Kenyatta in Fair Repeat Presidential Election

By Titus Oteba

National Super Alliance (Nasa) leaders on Saturday affirmed that they are ready for the October 17 repeat presidential election.

Addressing a charged crowd at the funeral of Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi’s father Mathew Wafula at Buema village in Bungoma County, the Nasa team, however, demanded that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) first puts its house in order to ensure a free and fair poll.

Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga said that they will not go to the election if the commission does not replace some commissioners and also appoint another firm to print the election materials. Al Ghurair Group printed the ballot papers used on August 8.

The ceremony was momentarily disrupted after angry mourners heckled and roughed up two MPs who are supporting President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election.


Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa (Jubilee) and his Bumula counterpart Mwambu Mabonga (Independent) had a rough time addressing the crowd that was chanting anti-Jubilee slogans.

Things got out of hand after an unapologetic Mr Barasa told the youths that their families will never produce leaders if they disrespect elected MPs.

“Disrespecting elected leaders will lead to a curse and you might never produce one in your entire generation,” he said.

His sentiments did not go down well with the mourners who heckled, accosted and roughed him up.

Nasa leaders and their security detail intervened after which order was restored.

At some point, Tongaren MP Eseli Simiyu and some youths tried to get Mr Mwambu to go to the dais and declare his stand on the presidential election but he remained calm in his seat.


“Come forward and talk to mourners. They want to get your stand on whether you support Nasa or Jubilee,” said Dr Simiyu.

Things got out of hand when the rowdy youths surged towards the VIP tents ostensibly to eject the two Jubilee leaders from the venue.

It was Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula and Mr Wamunyinyi who saved the situation.

“Let us forgive them, I know they now understand that Jubilee has got no place in this region. Let us give them time to think for themselves if they will support the right cause,” said Mr Wetang’ula.

Addressing the mourners, Mr Odinga said Nasa will push for the removal of IEBC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ezra Chiloba whom he accused of working with Jubilee.

“I have some Luhya leaders crying foul that we in Nasa are targeting their own, we are not interested in fighting people from certain communities, we are looking at the sins that person committed, there is glaring evidence that Chiloba has been going to bed with Jubilee leaders,” he said.


The former premier noted that Nasa was not fighting for the removal of Mr Chiloba and eight other IEBC officials because of their tribe but because they bungled the August 8 General Election in favour of Jubilee.

“We want partisan IEBC officials removed, PROs and Returning Officers shuffled from their current stations so that we can accept that the next presidential election will be free and fair,” he said.

He called on President Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto to stop undermining the Judiciary to force judges to be submissive to them.

“Both IEBC and the Judiciary are independent bodies which should be respected and not interfered with. Let them perform their duties provided they are doing the right thing,” he said.

On his part, Mr Odinga’s running mate Kalonzo Musyoka said that peace will prevail if the repeat election is free and fair.

“Let Jubilee leaders understand that they were not elected by majority Kenyans but they were computer generated; we need real leaders that will be accepted by Kenyans through a free and fair election for peace to prevail,” he said.


He said that Jubilee leaders were targeting Western and Eastern regions to get more votes by enticing leaders with goodies and visits to State House.

“They are trying to coerce our leaders to support them but let me tell you even in Ukambani those people who went to State House are regretting why they did so.

“Western and Eastern regions are locked in Nasa and will vote for its presidential candidate,” said Mr Musyoka.

Nasa co-principals Musalia Mudavadi and Mr Wetang’ula asked the Luhya community to rally behind Mr Odinga.

“We want you people to move out in large numbers and vote for Raila, what we want is change, Bungoma has never been Jubilee home turf, our people are in Nasa and will vote for their preferred leader,” said Mr Wetang’ula.

Mr Mudavadi challenged IEBC officials to be neutral if they want Nasa to participate in the repeat race, warning that they will not accept to be led by corrupt individuals who will work with Jubilee to undermine Nasa.

“We want the France-based international organisation that provided the election servers to be kicked out because it refused to open its servers even after the Supreme Court order and went ahead to claim that it did a wonderful job,” he said.

Jubilee Leaders Ask Nasa to Restrain Supporters

By Steve Njuguna

Leaders allied to the Jubilee Party on Saturday challenged the National Super Alliance to make good its threats to boycott the repeat presidential poll set for October 17.

The group — led by Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, Murang’a Woman Rep Sabina Chege and Laikipia Senator John Kinyua — maintained that the election will be held as scheduled irrespective of whether the Opposition participates or not.

They spoke in Shamanei Village, Laikipia County, during the burial of Governor Nderitu Muriithi’s mother.


Governor Muriithi’s mother, Elizabeth Mumbi Muriithi, who was also former President Mwai Kibaki’s sister-in-law, died last week aged 86.

Mr Kibaki attended the burial but did not address the mourners.

Mr Muriithi only paid a brief tribute to his mother, and asked the mourners to bear with him as he was too devastated to talk politics.

The church leaders who presided over the ceremony had earlier warned politicians against politicking at the ceremony.


Mr Kinyua Kibaki, a nephew of the former president, thanked Laikipia residents for coming to the aid of the family during the trying moments.

Governor Waititu said the Jubilee Party is mobilising its supporters ahead of the repeat election.

Addressing the mourners, Mr Waititu warned Nasa against mobilising its supporters to cause havoc in the country.

Without elaborating, he said: “We are prepared.”


He added that they will not sit back and watch as the Opposition destroys the country.

Mr Kuria accused Nasa flagbearer Raila Odinga of mobilising opposition supporters to plunge the country into anarchy.

He asked former Laikipia Governor Joshua Irungu and Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua to withdraw election petitions they filed in court.

“I am asking you to withdraw these petitions as we go to the election. It does not augur well for the President, whose election was nullified. It will also appear that our elections were bungled,” Mr Kuria told mourners.


He urged the electorate in central Kenya to ensure they vote for President Kenyatta in large numbers next month.

Mr Kuria, who spoke in the presence of National Cohesion and Integration Commission chairman Francis ole Kaparo, jokingly said: “Kaparo is looking for the police but today I am not politicking.”


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Nasa Campaign Kitty Nets Sh20 Million in Just a Week

By Simon Ndonga

Nairobi — The fundraising initiative by the opposition coalition National Super Alliance (NASA), that was launched last week to finance Raila Odinga’s presidential campaign for the repeat election, has already netted in Sh20 million.

In a statement, the coalition’s national campaign chairman Musalia Mudavadi said the amount was beyond their expectations when they launched the initiative.

“I am pleased to announce that the fundraising initiative has so far realized Sh20 million, far outpacing our expectations at the time of the launch,” he said.

The initiative was heavily criticized by Jubilee leaders as a ploy to fleece Kenyans, while questioning expenditures of a previous fundraiser ahead of the August 8 elections.

NASA did not respond instead only choosing to continue with the fundraising described by Odinga as the only sure way for his supporters to ‘reach Canaan’.

“Whether you donated Sh20 or 20,000 or 2 million, you are now plugged into the journey to bring electoral justice and accountability to Kenya. Your cents have become Ksh20 million,” Mudavadi said, and urged Kenyans for more donations.

“We are however not there yet. The campaign we have embarked on is going to be long and demanding. We are up against an opponent that has unfettered access to State resources and big businesses that thrive on the Jubilee corruption and impunity.”

Mudavadi stated that the coalition has also set up a dash-board where well wishers can further interact with fellow supporters and donors.


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Kenya Opposition Banks On Poll Petitions to Increase Numbers


President Uhuru Kenyatta (left), opposition leader Raila Odinga.

By Erick Oduor

Kenya’s opposition coalition, National Super Alliance, is hoping to boost its numbers in the national parliament and county governments through election petitions, which affiliate parties have filed in its strongholds.

According to the coalition, petitions challenging the results of 58 electoral positions have been identified as a possible avenue into boosting the numbers of its governors, Members of Parliament and Members of County Assemblies.

The coalition said it is confident that the courts will invalidate results of seats that the Jubilee Party or Jubilee-leaning parties won in Nasa strongholds — Kakamega, Machakos, Bungoma, Kisii, Nyamira and Kajiado counties.

The coalition is also combining forces to claim more seats in north-eastern Kenya, mainly in Garissa and Wajir counties.

This means that Nasa is eyeing at least 28 parliamentary seats, which Jubilee claimed in its strongholds. This could bring its numbers in National Assembly to at least 164 from 136 and reduce Jubilee’s from 213 to 185 if it wins all petitions.

“We have filed 58 petitions where we strongly believed that there were computer-generated leaders,” Norman Magaya, head of Nasa secretariat, told The EastAfrican.

The opposition has also nine of the 31 petitions challenging elections of governors across the country.

President Uhuru Kenyatta raised a political storm when he warned that, should Nasa leader Raila Odinga emerge victorious in the fresh presidential election, he would rule for only two to three months before he contends with a Jubilee MP-sponsored impeachment motion.

President Kenyatta said Jubilee Party enjoys majority in both Houses, and only needs an additional 17 MPs to meet the requisite two-thirds majority for such a move.

However, the opposition says it will, within the next six months, deny Jubilee the majority it enjoys.

The legal team led by Siaya Senator James Orengo, which won the presidential election petition in the Supreme Court, is working with Nasa affiliates to provide the expertise and evidence needed to win at least 58 petitions.

According to the Judiciary, 31 governors, 15 senators, 12 woman representatives, 98 Members of Parliament and 129 Members of County Assemblies will spend the next six months before the courts defending their election.

Beating the odds

The Nasa legal team will represent Ms Wavinya Ndeti, who is challenging Alfred Mutua’s re-election as Machakos governor.

Other areas of interest are Kajiado, Kisii, Nyamira, Narok, Kakamega, Bungoma and Nairobi counties, where Jubilee beat the odds to win parliamentary seats.

Majority Leader in parliament Aden Duale is among key Jubilee leaders whose victories have been challenged in court.

According to the law, the 277 petitions must be dispensed with within six months after their filing, which must be done 28 days after declaration of results. In June, Chief Justice David Maraga gazetted new rules and charges replacing the Elections (Parliamentary and County Elections) Petition Rules, 2013.

In 2013 general election, 188 petitions were filed but 25 were struck out on technical grounds, with only one governor losing his seat.

Deputy President Ruto Meets Coast Delegates in Mombasa

By Mohamed Ahmed

Deputy President William Ruto on Friday met delegates from the coastal region as Jubilee Party intensified its campaigns ahead of the October 17 presidential repeat polls.

He met the delegates, who included Jubilee leaders from the region at Wild Waters Centre in Mombasa.

Addressing the leaders, Mr Ruto said Jubilee is ready for the repeat polls, unlike the opposition that has threatened to scuttle the elections if their demands are not met.

“We don’t want any stakeholders’ meetings…we are just waiting for the elections. We don’t have problem with whoever will print the ballot papers, we just want the ballot papers printed…they can agree on the returning officers they want,” he said.

The Deputy President also moved to assure the leaders that the party will ensure there is no conflict in selection of agents, who will represent Jubilee in the elections.

“There was a problem with our agents and there was a big conflict among your leaders but now we have decided the issue of election agents should be decided here (coast) not Nairobi,” he said.

Coastal leaders present at the meeting included governors Fahim Twaha (Lamu), Salim Mvurya (Kwale) and Lunga Lunga MP Khatib Mwashetani.

Others were Cabinet secretaries Najib Balala (Tourism), Dan Kazungu (Mining) and LDP leader Ababu Namwamba.

Mr Mvurya, the Kwale governor said they will campaign for Jubilee to ensure the party gets more votes than what it got on August 8.


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Kenyatta Asks Nyeri MP to Drop Maraga Petition

By Grace Gitau and David Mwere

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday told Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu to drop a petition seeking to kick out Chief Justice David Maraga.

Addressing leaders from Central Kenya at Sagana lodge, President Kenyatta asked the MP to “to leave the Judiciary alone.”

“We have agreed to go back to the voters and go to the ballot,” he said.

He however called on the Judiciary and electoral agency to facilitate smooth elections on October 17 as ordered by the Supreme Court.


“Don’t think that just because we will are silent you will force things down our throat,” he said.

To the Independence Electoral and Boundaries Commission, President Kenyatta asked its officials to stop holding night meetings.

“We do not want night meeting, we just want an election,” he said expressing confidence that he will win.

The President seemed to echo claims by his deputy, William Ruto who has in the recent pasty claimed that IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati has been holding night meetings with the opposition.

The President also took a swipe at the opposition, accusing its leaders of plotting to get a share in the government by sabotaging elections.


He said IEBC is an independent body and should be allowed to work without interference.

He asked each county to set up an all-inclusive committee that will lead the presidential campaigns in their region

The President spoke even as Jubilee Party parliamentary leadership reached out to Mr Wambugu to drop the petition against the CJ.

Speaking at Parliament buildings Friday, the leaders of majority Mr Aden Duale (National Assembly) and Mr Kipchumba Murkomen (Senate) said the petition belongs to Mr Wambugu as an individual and not the jubilee party.

“We have had a discussion with Wambugu and other Jubilee MPs with a possibility to withdraw the petition. We also want to categorically state that the petition is not a jubilee affair,” Mr Duale, who is also the Garissa Township MP.

Isiolo Senator Ms Fatuma Dullo (deputy majority leader) and her Nakuru counterpart Ms Susan Kihika (majority whip) also attended the briefing.


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