Dida says planned NASA protests ill-advised

September 25, 2017 (4 weeks ago) 12:28 pm
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Dida who run on an Alliance for Real Change ticket in last month’s presidential election termed the move as miscalculated and one that will hurt the country’s economy/CFM NEWS

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 25 – Former presidential candidate Abduba Dida has faulted the National Super Alliance’s intent to hold demonstrations on Tuesday demanding the resignation of among others IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba.

In a news conference on Monday, Dida who run on an Alliance for Real Change ticket in last month’s presidential election termed the move as miscalculated and one that will hurt the country’s economy.

“As much as NASA may be addicted to teargas, they can fight in their homes but don’t do it tomorrow,” Dida who came fourth in the August 8 presidential election said.

“NASA may have valid concerns but the economy is at stake and people are fearful about what will happen. Don’t add by bringing people to the streets,” he stated.

Dida however said Chiloba, Commissioners Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu, and other IEBC officials blamed for mismanaging the August presidential poll annulled by the Supreme Court on September 1 need to step aside pending investigations.

“We’re not indicting anybody of wrongdoing but their work has been questioned by the court,” the retired teacher of literature and religion said.

Dida’s remarks came hot on the heels of an ultimatum by NASA leaders led by presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka who Sunday vowed to eject Chiloba alongside other officials the alliance has blamed for mismanaging last month’s presidential election.

“If the people who bungled the election refuse to leave the Commission voluntarily, and Al Ghurair’s ballot printing tender is not revoked, on Tuesday morning the entire nation will go to the Anniversary Towers to eject them,” Odinga charged during a rally in Nairobi.

Odinga and his peers in NASA have also demanded that the Dubai-based printer that printed ballot papers for the August General Election be disallowed from printing ballots for the fresh presidential election slated for October 26, accusing them of printing excess ballot papers.

Also on NASA’s demand list of 12 “irreducible minimums” is the exemption of a French IT firm Safran Morpho – IEBC’s election technology supplier – a firm they have accused of being complicit in the running of the annulled presidential election.

“Are you ready? They can bring the military, police, guns and tear gas but we shall not turn back,” a defiant Odinga said.

Dida also voiced concerns over the exclusion of other candidates from the fresh presidential election saying the October 26 poll should not be a re-run between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga.

“IEBC misinterpreted the 2013 presidential petition decision by former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga and his bench and therefore I expect my name to be on the ballot,” he said.

In its detailed judgment on the nullification of the August 8 presidential election, the Supreme Court did not however impute any criminal culpability on Commissioners or member of the Commission Secretariat.

“No evidence was placed before us to prove that electoral offences were committed by officials of IEBC. What we saw in evidence was a systematic institutional problem and we were unable to find specific fingerprints of individuals who may have played a role in the commission of irregularities,” Chief Justice David Maraga ruled on September 20.

“We are therefore unable to impute any criminal intent or culpability on either the IEBC Chairman or any other Commissioner or member of IEBC,” CJ Maraga noted in the detailed ruling.

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