SK Macharia dares to set record straight on 2007 general elections

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Royal Media Services owner SK Macharia makes a presentation on the election laws debate in Parliament, January 3, 2017.PHOTO / FILE

BY UPESI NEWS REPORTER,NAIROBI,JAN 3RD,2017-ODM leader Raila Odinga won the 2007 general election, Royal Media Services owner SK Macharia has said, adding “we have clear statistics”.

Macharia made the claim while making a presentation on the election laws debate in Parliament on Tuesday.

“The one who was declared the winner in 2007 was not the winner… We tracked all the results through satellite phones,” he said. “As per my records, Raila won the elections.”

 

CORD leader Raila Odinga/FILE PHOTO

Raila lost the election to former President Mwai Kibaki. The disputed results sparked violence that left at least 1,000 people dead and more than 600,000 internally displaced.

Macharia said he tried to convince Kibaki to follow a “pure presidential system”.

“If you read the IEBC summary report, it says there was confusion in the 2013 register,” he said.

He added: “Whatever I say here, that media owners dispute, I will take full responsibility for. We can use satellite phones in areas not covered by mobile phone networks.”

The post election violence saw machete-wielding youths burn houses, rape women and kill members of rival communities.

The International Criminal Court indicted Uhuru Kenyatta, from the Kikuyu tribe and William Ruto, a Kalenjin, for crimes against humanity following the chaos.

Charges against the two were later dropped, the ICC citing lack of sufficient evidence and political interference.

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