The Communications Authority is under pressure to deny poll malpractices in the August 8 election-Odinga

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,27TH SEPT 2017-NASA leader Raila Odinga now says the  Communications Authority is under pressure to deny poll malpractices in the August 8 election. Addressing  the press at Capitol Hill in Nairobi on Wednesday 27TH Sept , the Opposition leader  after meeting leaders from the masai  community asked how the electoral agency transferred national data outside the country.

Odinga was responding  CA director general Francis Wangusi’s  who said he should stop engaging in blanket lynching   of investors.

Wangusi said this after Raila claimed one of Safaricom’s VPNs terminated transmission of results, cutting links between KIEMs kits and IEBC servers.

“They are under pressure to respond. The data was transferred by Safaricom to the server in France. How did IEBC transfer it back to Kenya without using service providers?”

Raila further said they have the powers to stop Kenyans from using certain providers.

“The question we asked yesterday has not been addressed. We have the powers ..if they want to strangle democracy we won’t allow that,” he said.

“We can tell our people not to buy services. That time is coming…it has not come yet.”

The Opposition leader had claimed the IEBC cloud server to which transmission was terminated is registered in Spain but operated from France by OT-Morpho – the KIEMS kits supplier.

But Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore dismissed the claims saying the firm transmitted all election results from the KIEMS kits to IEBC servers as per laid down procedures.

Odinga has  insisted that NASA will not participate in the October 26 repeat presidential poll  unless reforms demanded by NASA at the IEBC are implemented fully.

The maa community leaders led by MP Elijah Memusi also assured Odinga that the community was fully behind him.Memusi says some of the leaders from the community who in the recent past have been seen thronging state house and purporting to support jubilee have been doing that for the sake of their own  selfish interests  and not on behalf of the Maa community.

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