Raila Accuses Safaricom Of Trying To Subvert August 8 Presidential Election

National Super Alliance presidential candidate, Raila Odinga has alleged that Safaricom conspired with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to subvert August 8 presidential election.

Addressing journalists at his Capitol Hill office on Tuesday, Raila said he has instructed his lawyers to institute private prosecutions against six Safaricom officials which he claims were part of the plot to relay inaccurate presidential results and deny him victory.

He further alleged that between July 25 and 27, following the disappearance of the electoral commission’s ICT manager, Chris Musando, hundreds of Kenya Integrated Elections Management Systems kits were stolen and the information shared with Safaricom.

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The telecommunication giant’s chief executive officer, Bob Collymore, has denied the opposition leader’s claim of complicity in the nullified presidential poll.

He went on to declare that the company is ready to face any probe or prosecution on the matter.

Collymore said his company was not informed by the IEBC of the alleged stolen KIEMS kits which Mr. Odinga claimed were used to send election results to the favor of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

He said results from KIEMS kits in its assigned zones were sent and are available on the electoral commission’s web portal.

He further added that it fulfilled its obligation to the IEBC in accordance with its contract to provide a secure virtual network and technical support.

Communications Authority director general Francis Wangusi also weighed in on the matter saying, politicians should report election malpractices instead of engaging in the blanket lynching of investors.

“We urge political actors to canvass their agenda in a responsible manner to avoid putting into jeopardy the impressive investment and other gains Kenya has made in the ICT sector,” Wangusi said in a statement on Wednesday.

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“ICTs have been successfully deployed and embraced in all facets of life in the country. Elections are no exception and the authority is confident that ICTs can be deployed successfully.”

He added that Kenyans should not lose faith in technology and that no cases of result transmission failure were reported to them.

Wangusi further pointed out that Kenya stands to benefit largely if levels of investment and ICT adoption are sustained.

“It is, therefore, the responsibility of Kenyans to support investors, not undermine public confidence in ICTs,” he said.