Uganda opposition figure, Kizza Besigye, has praised his Kenyan counterpart, Raila Odinga, for making a tactical manoeuvre and force president Uhuru Kenyatta into accepting electoral reforms.
According to Besigye, the killing of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission [IEBC] data centre and infrastructure boss Chris Msando created a credibility problem.
Addressing journalists at his home in Kasangati on the Kenya political developments Wednesday, Besigye said without a secure data centre, the tallying of elections became problematic hence a nullification by Supreme Court.
“You cannot have quantity in elections that doesn’t arise from quality. This is the fundamental basis. You can’t talk of numbers in parliament like here in Uganda when you have many petitions,” Besigye explained.
“If you violated the constitution, laws you cannot talk about the numbers,” he noted, adding that the principals in Kenya have been grappling with how the next election can be credible.
The NASA alliance has been focusing on the areas that were subject to the judgment which was the commission. In the judgment they found they were fake result forms and the question is how did fake forms get in the hand of the electoral commission?
There is a question on the credibility of the electoral commission and so Nasa has been demanding reforms from the commission itself ahead of the election, Besigye went on.
“They clearly have a point. What has been contested is how can that happen and there is still an election with in the given 60 days. So the grievance has been the commission which acted fraudulently, the procurement process of the forms, if there is a leakage can it be reviewed?”
He said the issue of the procurement of the technology that was hacked into as the judges said should have been addressed. “How do we have an election without reviewing what type and how the technology is acquired?”
Besigye agrees these could not be addressed within the 60 days. Matters became worsened when jubilee decided to amend the electoral laws. Jubilee says if there are laws that are troublesome, let’s get rid of them. That became a further complication in the matter.
He said jubilee was basing on the large numbers in parliament. That is problematic especially when the laws or rules of the game are being changed during the game. Remember it is the same elections that is continuing, Besigye argued.
“If the election is underway and you are changing the rules in the course of the way, you are making complications. It’s not true that Nasa is abandoning the election. Their intention is a tactical manoeuvre to create time for reforms so they get a fair election.”
He said Nasa is relying on judgment of Supreme Court which said if in the re-run a candidate dies or abandons the process, that process is abandoned and a new election will be organised.
“They are exploiting that provision. It arose in the judgment and Supreme Court can make law. It expanded what was in the law.”
He says now there will be no excuse for lack of time to address grievances Nasa cited. It is going to be very interesting how this is addressed. It appears quite clearly that IEBC is divided.
Four commissioners belong to jubilee in Nasa statement. The commission is dysfunctional. There has been public tussling between the Ceo Ezra Chiloba and chair Wafula Chebukati.
Besigye says the similarity between Uganda and Kenya is that electoral processes are not given the supremacy they should assume.
He said agreeing on a process must be critical and is fundamental to building of a stable state because an election is about decision making in the country.
“It expresses people’s power. It must be agreed on, absolutely transparent so if the bad loser doesn’t agree to the outcome, he should be isolated,”
“We have had very heated contestations in FDC but we never had a petition. Everyone in the end concurs. Voting is transparent, counting and announcing are all transparent. That is what needs to happen in all political process.”