NAIROBI, Kenya Sep 8 – National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila Odinga says the coalition will resume negotiations with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) after it gets its house in order.
Speaking during the launch of his presidential campaign fund, Odinga told a news conference that the Commission is currently not in a state to engage in negotiations given the intrigues that have been reported between the Commissioners and the Secretariat.
“You know what is happening within the IEBC. Are they in a position to hold a meeting right now given what is happening?”
“Our team will be ready anytime for a meeting with the IEBC; when IEBC is ready for a meeting. We have a team which will meet with the IEBC, I also will be attending a meeting with the IEBC if the Jubilee candidate will also be attends; but our team is ready for any type of discussions,” he asserted.
A meeting between IEBC officials and Jubilee Party members failed to take off on Thursday afternoon after they demanded to have NASA in the meeting.
The NASA leader further claimed that Commissioners have been under pressure from quarters in the government with some receiving threats and some having their security withdrawn.
“The situation is getting fairly grave now. A number of the Commissioners are under serious threat from the authorities; their securities have been withdrawn, some of them are receiving very threatening mails and some of them are receiving threatening mails to their lives,” Odinga said.
He has further urged President Kenyatta to resign given the revelations coming out of the Commission showing irregularities that led to his victory in the August 8 poll which was nullified by the Supreme Court.
Chebukati claimed his name was used to create an account which was used over 9,000 times without his knowledge.
He further revealed that at least 10,000 polling stations sent results through text messages but there were no Forms 34A.
Five Commissioners led by the vice-chairperson later on issued a statement disowning Chebukati’s memo claiming that he acted unilaterally.
However, moments later, two of the five Commissioners issued their own statements saying they were not part of the statement that dismissed Chebukati’s memo.