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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,12TH NOV 2017-The National Super Alliance (NASA) on Sunday November 12th, responded to the petition filed by activists Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalif challenging the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta on October 26.
In an affidavit filed by NASA co-principal Musalia Mudavadi, the party is accusing the President and IEBC of committing electoral malpractices.
They also want the Supreme Court to take issue with Uhuru’s statements targeted to the judges who voted to annul the August 8 polls.
Mue and Khelef has based his challenge on the fact that IEBC did not conduct fresh nominations.
He also holds that Raila’s withdrawal automatically cancelled the vote.
Mudavadi further points an accusing finger towards the electoral commission for failing to hold its officers accountable.
He added that the electoral agency failed to punish officials who committed the illegalities and irregularities that saw the Supreme Court nullify the August vote.
Had the commission agreed to resolve the issues, Mudavadi says NASA would have participated in the fresh polls.
Mudavadi points out that this was the reason NASA withdrew its candidate from the race through a letter written to IEBC on October 10, 2017.
He said the move followed an evaluation of the atmosphere of violence and intimidation that had been created by the 3rd Respondent (Uhuru).
Mudavadi further cited the failure of the 1st and 2nd Respondent namely IEBC and chairman Wafula Chebukati respectively to implement the reforms they requested.
The party is also accusing Uhuru of enticing its leaders among them Moses Akaranga (Vihiga), Alfred Khangati (Bungoma), and Isaac Ruto ( Bomet) with jobs and money.
NASA added Hassan Omar (Mombasa), David Nkedianye (Kajiado), Joseph Tiampati (Narok) and former Meru Governor Peter Munya to the list.
“The statements made by Uhuru at a Rally in Meru where he intimated that he had obtained the support of one Munya by an agreement to offer him a job in his government as a reward for changing his allegiance from NASA.”
“Prior to issuing threats against the judiciary, he had unleashed a reign of terror against members and supporters of NASA,” Mudavadi says in the affidavit.
Mudavadi said Raila wrote to the IEBC notifying them of their abandonment of their presidential quest in the October 26, 2017, elections.
He says the engagement of lawyer Evans Monari by the commission yet he has previously acted for Uhuru in other electoral matters was also improper.
“While knowing Monari was the advocate for the Uhuru advising him on issues relating to the intended election, IEBC retained the lawyer in a petition lodged by ex-Kilome Mp Harun Mwau.”