Raila tells IEBC boss to resign, go to jail

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NASA presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga addresses supporters at Uhuru Park, Nairobi, April 27

The National Super Alliance (Nasa), Raila Odinga, has demanded an immediate that officials of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission [IEBC] be thrown out.

Buoyed by the nullification of President Kenyatta’s re-election, Nasa leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka on Friday said they would push for the removal of the commission.

“We do not have faith in the commission headed by Wafula Wanyonyi Chebukati,” Raila told press in the capital Nairobi.

Chebukati and his team took over IEBC after Odinga’s Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) hounded the former commissioners headed by Issack Hassan who was accused of bungling the 2013 General Election and corruption, including taking bribes from ballots printer Smith and Ouzman.

Likewise, Odinga wants Chebukati and his team prosecuted “for the crime they committed against the people of Kenya.”

“IEBC committed criminal act and belong to jail,” he said at the Supreme Court in Nairobi after the judgment.

Musyoka, on his part, said they no longer have faith in IEBC. “We will have to look deeply into the conduct of IEBC. We do not have faith that they can conduct a credible election,” he said.

Odinga’s lead lawyer James Orengo said IEBC should not preside over another election. “What IEBC did was treasonable because they wanted to declare the presidency against the Constitution. I don’t think IEBC will preside over the election,” he said.

New Kenya?

“A new Kenya has been born by this ruling,” Odinga said of the historic ruling that makes Kenya the first country in Africa to ever overturn a presidential election.

“We remain grateful to those who supported the cause we fought for,” he said in NASA’s official statement saying the decision sets precedence for Africa.

“This is the first step in ensuring election justice in Kenya. There are many fundamental questions as we go forward including who will conduct these elections.”

Odinga said never again will impunity rule in Kenya as no one is above the law. “We urge the IEBC officials to do the right thing and resign. It is clear that the real election results were never shared with the people of Kenya.”

He said somebody must take responsibility because truth is a critical component of justice and Kenyans must know the truth of what transpired in this election.

Prepare for the re-run

Odinga said if Jubilee had won, Kenyans would be mourning, but there are celebrations.

“We have said that we are not afraid of elections and we are going to win. As Nasa we want free and fair elections and we are prepared.”

Odinga noted that Kenyans are ready to show Jubilee the door in 60 days.

He said Chief Justice David Maraga will be remembered for setting exception standard for Africa.

“This ruling shows that where there is justice, peace prevails. We are not afraid of the elections.”

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