Kenya re-run: US analysts doubt IEBC after poll fraud memo

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Chebukati's memo to Chiloba that has shaken Kenya

Analysts have cast their doubts on the capacity of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to hold a presidential re-run after the chairman leaked a memo citing massive fraud in Kenya’s August presidential elections.

In the confidential memo— Wafula Chebukati, chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), identified a dozen irregularities and demanded that the commission’s chief executive, Ezra Chiloba, “respond (to) and explain” each one.

Chebukati questioned why over 10,336 out of 40,883 polling stations sent text results without the accompanying Forms 34A, 595 polling stations failed and/or otherwise that refused to send any results for the presidential election and an IEBC username and password created in his name and used “without my knowledge and consent… to undertake over 9,934 transactions.”

He cited a “porous file server system” — rather than a secure one — was used to transmit constituency tally sheets, known as Forms 34B, among others.

Analysts weigh in

Appearing on “Straight Talk Africa” with Voice of America’s Shaka Ssali, analysts wondered if IEBC has the credibility to organise a rerun of the presidential election on October 17 between Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta.

“For me it was a great surprise to see that a Kenyan court could nullify a presidential election,” said Vincent Makori, anchor of Africa 54, Voice of America’s English television live news magazine show that broadcasts daily from Washington D.C.

According to Makori, it will take a leap of faith for people to believe that IEBC Kenya can deliver credible elections.

Aristotle Phillips, on the other hand, said when Uhuru Kenyatta said he was going to fix the judiciary, those words were deliberate.

John Aristotle Phillips is a U.S. entrepreneur specialising in political campaigns, who became famous for attempting to design a nuclear weapon while a student.

“If you are going to fix the judiciary, the next thing will be fixing the free press and then the opposition,” Aristotle said, adding, “It is hard to cheat when everybody is watching because that’s how the system should be.”

Gaetano Jjuko Kagwa, a Ugandan actor and broadcaster, says Kenya’s politics is big. They also have a big economy.

“We only beat them in football and women. When Kenya farts, we smell it. When Kenya sneezes, we are the ones who catch the cold,” Gaetano said Wednesday night while appearing NBS TV “Another Round Uganda episode 1 release” at which will be held at 10:30pm. 

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