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Chaos expected to rise as Weta plans to take over Raila

NASA co-principal Moses Wetang’ula has declared that he will succeed their leader Raila Odinga.

The Bungoma Senator-elect said he will vie for the presidency in 2022 after the ODM leader makes his retirement plans public.

He told a gathering at Christ the King Catholic Church in Bungoma town on Sunday that he is best placed to replace the opposition leader.

“I sacrificed my ambition to support Raila in the just concluded elections for the sake of opposition’s unity. This was despite having launched my presidential bid.”

Wetang’ula said this followed Raila’s declaration that he will not seek the presidency again.

“But because he won’t vie for the bigger seat, I will go for it in 2022,” Wetang’ula said.

The NASA leader has filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging the declaration of President Uhuru Kenyatta as the August 8 poll winner.

He told the congregation that he is ripe to lead the country in 2022 having served in different capacities as an elected leader and cabinet minister.

At the same time, Wetang’ula said that he will put aside his role as a senator and represent NASA at the Supreme Court.

“Jubilee never won the just concluded elections. They rigged their win and we have enough evidence that we have presented in court.”

“I am going to represent NASA so that we get justice for the millions of Kenyans who sought change through the ballot,” the legislator said.

He said the team will not relent in its quest justice, being the foundation of peace.

“Justice is the foundation of peace and peace is only arrived at when there is justice. Raila won the recent polls and was rigged out,” he said.

Bungoma woman representative Catherine Wambilianga and Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi were present.

Akombe must resign

The United Nations has said that electoral agency commissioner Roselyne Akombe will “fairly soon” return to the global organisation, further fuelling speculation about her future at the elections body.

Dr Akombe worked at the UN for 15 years there before taking unpaid leave to come to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

“I am aware that she was on a leave of absence. At some point, I believe, fairly soon, it will be expiring and then she will return to her duties in the Department of Political Affairs,” UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told a UN press briefing on Thursday.

That Dr Akombe is still an employee of the UN, a body that appears keen on having her back before the completion of the six-year-term, has fuelled speculation that her trip to the US this week was to renew her status at the global body.

VACANCY DECLARED

The IEBC Act allows any commissioner to resign at any time of their career by writing to the President, after which such a vacancy will be declared within seven days, and a new recruitment to start.

Dr Akombe, who has become the face of the IEBC by conducting virtually all TV interviews on its behalf, was stopped from boarding a plane and later released at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport on Tuesday as she travelled to the US.

READ: Queries raised after top IEBC official is detained at airport

During the Thursday press conference, Mr Haq said that though Dr Akombe was now a ‘separate individual’ as she worked for the IEBC, her space was still intact at the UN.

“Ms. Akombe, at some point, will re-join the Department of Political Affairs, and then she’ll be a UN staffer,” Mr Haq told reporters.

Dr Akombe was on Sunday non-committal on whether or not she will go back to the UN before the end of the six-year-term, but insisted that her mind was focused on the job for now.

SUPREME COURT

“It is too early for me to make any decision on my future. My goal right now is to support our team that will be making our case at the Supreme Court,” Dr Akombe told the Nation in a text message minutes to 7pm on Sunday.

She was referring to a presidential elections petition that has been filed by opposition leader Mr Raila Odinga challenging the declaration of President Uhuru Kenyatta as the validly elected president

She told the Nation that she boarded the plane on her way to Nairobi soon after.

The comments by Mr Haq, the UN deputy spokesman, came after the global body had also defended her exit and the fact that she had been awarded an unpaid leave to join the IEBC.

SPECIAL LEAVE

In joining the commission, Dr Akombe took a reported 70 per cent pay cut.

“She has been granted special leave without pay to serve in the Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.  She’ll provide technical electoral support to the Commission in preparation for the 2017 elections and support efforts to prevent post‑electoral violence in Kenya. The activity was approved in accordance with staff regulations… the proper staff regulations and staff rules,” said Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, in a January 23 briefing, shortly after she was sworn in.

3 IEBC Officials Arrested over the Weekend trying to ‘altar’election results.

Three people including two Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission officials were at the weekend arrested for trying to alter results of the just concluded election at a centre in Nairobi.

Sixteen ballot boxes with presidential election results were allegedly destroyed and materials altered in the incident on Saturday.

The officials, a deputy presiding officer and a clerk, had gone to Embakasi Girls School where election materials are kept and accessed the store.

They told police manning the store they had been sent by IEBC to get some needed materials to help in working on a case that has been filed in court.

The officers demanded a court order to allow them in but the officials said they were IEBC officials and did not require such orders.

It took the intervention of members of the public to flush out the two officials who had broken into the ballot boxes and were then busy writing new materials, witnesses said.

Read:Leaked-Nasa lawyers seek refuge in Raila’s home.

The two were later arrested and detained by DCI officials who arrived at the scene. They are likely to be charged in court Monday. The destroyed ballot boxes were kept as exhibits.

This comes in the wake of revelation that 24 IEBC officials are among 85 individuals facing prosecution over election-related offences.

Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko Friday said he was pursuing 70 criminal cases stemming from the August 8 General Election. Two are politicians while the rest are non-IEBC officials.

The DPP said the offences range from bribery, failure to perform official duty, illegal possession of ballot papers, impersonation and murder.

Nineteen of the officials are facing the charge of failing to perform official duty while 17 are accused of bribery.

The DPP said 20 other individuals are facing charges classified as “others” in the report, without further details while there is only one reported murder case and three cases of impersonation and ten for the offence of unlawful possession of ballot papers.

Tobiko had said 105 prosecutors have been tasked with handling the election-related cases.

Over 380 magistrates as well as judges have been trained on Election Dispute Resolution.

Leaked-Nasa lawyers seek refuge in Raila’s home.

Lawyers compiling the National Super Alliance (Nasa) petition challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election victory were forced to seek refuge at Raila Odinga’s Nairobi residence to evade a crackdown from suspected agents of the State.

Related:One of NASA’s co-principal reveals plan to overthrow Raila

Members of the legal team who spoke to the Sunday Nation on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution from the State said they were forced to shift base three times between Wednesday and Friday to evade raids from suspected police and intelligence officers.

The team, which was coordinated by Mr Odinga’s legal adviser Paul Mwangi, also had to contend with infiltration from suspected intelligence officers as well as defections that saw three key lawyers “disappear” on Friday and fail to append their signatures to the final document, forcing the opposition coalition to look for replacements to sign the document barely four hours to the Friday midnight deadline.

Read more:what would lead to NASA win in petition

Three very critical experts, when it came to signing the papers at the very tail end of the exercise, switched off their phones and disappeared.

“Luckily, they were not working alone so we got other lawyers to take over, given the strict timelines we were operating under,” our source said.

PETITION
According to the lawyers who spoke to the Sunday Nation, the team had just under 48 hours to put together a water-tight case for the nullification of the presidential results following Mr Odinga’s declaration on Wednesday that he would, after all, challenge the outcome that saw President Kenyatta declared the winner.

“He gave us 48 hours to put together a solid case. We had to identify a team of about 30 lawyers, many of them volunteers, to undertake the task.

“We had drafters of the petition itself and those handling the affidavits; we had another team dealing with research on law and others analysing the evidence available; it was a big team working round the clock to beat the Friday midnight deadline,” the source said.

The lawyers said they were raided by persons they believe to have been undercover police officers thrice between Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon, forcing them to shift base every time they were raided.

“Following the third raid on our secret operational base, it was decided that we shift base to Raila’s home in Karen.

“That was the only safe location we could operate from. We were being hunted down like rabbits,” he said.

SPIES

Also working with the team of lawyers who included MPs-elect Otiende Amollo (Rarieda), Opondo Kaluma (Homa Bay Town), Anthony Oluoch (Mathare) and Tom Kajwang’ (Ruaraka) was an “army” of clerks numbering about 100, the sources revealed.

“Of course we had to vet the volunteer lawyers and the clerks to ensure our team was not infiltrated by the other side.

“We turned away quite a number because we did not trust their intentions. The lawyers we settled on had to be agreeable to our core team of lawyers,” the source added.

The team kept its distance from the five Nasa principals during the hectic 48 hours, with Mr Orengo acting as the link between the two groups.

“They (principals) gave us a free hand to work, they did not interfere at all.

“If we wanted any direction or clarification, we got in touch through Orengo or Mwangi (Paul),” one of the lawyers said.

The lawyers revealed the anxiety that gripped them as the Friday midnight deadline fast approached yet heavy work still remained.

“The disappearance of the three experts jolted us a bit.

“Coming barely four hours to the deadline, we had to move fast to secure fresh signatures before we took the entire document to the principals for their affidavits.

“We ended up taking the documents to Raila and Kalonzo to append their signatures on the affidavits at 10pm, just two hours to the deadline,” one of the lawyers said.

It was not until 10.34pm that the Nasa team of lawyers led by Mr Amollo and Mr Oluoch delivered the first batch of documents at the Supreme Court.

Alongside lawyer Jackson Awele, whose law firm Murumba & Awele Advocates played a key role in the petition, the Nasa team of lawyers is said to have left the Supreme Court in the early hours of Saturday after spending the better part of the night arranging the documents for easy reference by the various parties to the case.

The Sunday Nation learnt that the Nasa principals met on  Sunday  with the legal team led by Mr Orengo and Mr Mwangi to discuss the list of lawyers who will prosecute the case.

One of the NASA counterparts reveals plans to overthrow Raila.

Ford Kenya party leader, Moses Wetang’ula, has revealed plans that he will succeed NASA leader, Raila Odinga.

Speaking during a church service at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mr Wetang’ula said with the political retirement of NASA leader, Mr Odinga, he was ready to take up the mantle.

He said that he had sacrificed his presidential ambition for Odinga’s campaign and said he was better placed to take over.

“I let my ambition go in order to support Raila in the concluded elections and with his proclamation of not going for the top seat, I will go for it in 2022,” he said.

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Wetang’ula launched his presidential bid in 2016 at Muliro Gardens in Kakamega but was forced to shelve his ambition and support Odinga under the NASA coalition.

Wetang’ula said with the experience he has gained over the years in elective politics, he was better placed to serve the country come the next General Election.

Wetang’ula further said that he will be offering his legal services to the NASA petition on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s reelection.

He said that the evidence they had showed that President Kenyatta had not won the election adding that he would actively participate and give direction to the team of lawyers handling the petition.

“They never won the just concluded elections. They rigged this election and the evidence we have presented is enough and we want justice to be done,” he said.

He said that they would also seek alternative methods to resolve the dispute should the court ruling not go in their favour.

What would lead to NASA win in petition

Affidavits sworn by the National Super Alliance (Nasa) presidential candidate Raila Odinga and running-mate Kalonzo Musyoka, information technology experts and purportedly side-lined election officials and party agents could hold the key to the success of the 25,000-page petition challenging the outcome of the August 8 election.

Mr Odinga and Mr Musyoka accuse the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and the Jubilee administration of deliberately undermining the deployment of technology, violating the Constitution and other electoral laws by using State resources to campaign and intimidating the opposition.

While the assertions by the principals and the agents provide grounds for the nullification sought, the affidavits by Mr Ibrahim Mohamud Ibrahim and Mr Mohamed Noor Barre who said they had been appointed by IEBC as presiding officers in Mandera North Constituency, will provide further ammunition to build a case against the IEBC.

In their affidavits, Mr Ibrahim and Mr Barre corroborate Nasa’s assertion that IEBC used non-gazetted election officials and polling centres to conduct the August 8 elections.

NAMES REPLACED

“On August 7, 2017, I reported together with other clerks for duty. Upon reaching the place of work a clerk of the commission informed 70 of us that our names had been replaced by others for unexplained reasons. A protest arose and we reported the matter to Rhamu Police Station,” Mr Ibrahim states in his affidavit in support of Nasa’s election petition.

He adds: “The following day, August 8, 2017, elections proceeded at various polling stations conducted by strangers who were acting as presiding officers, but who had not been trained.

The 11 million should be used on brutally beaten people-Nyongo 

Kisumu Governor elect, Anyang Nyong’o has asked that his swearing in ceremony cost be cut down to 1 million.

The ceremony was going to cost the county government 12 million.

He said the 11 million should be used to help the needy people and cover the medical bills for the protesters hurt during the demonstrations that took place after the elections.

According to Audi Ogada,  Kisumu Residents Voice Association chairman 14 of 47 people were shot and injured.

 Nerry Achar, Nyong’o’s campaign manager has said that the 1 million will cater for transport, water and sodas.

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“The venue is ours so Nyong’o felt we should not waste it because it is not necessary to spend Sh12 million,” the manager said.

Charity Ngilu, Mike Sonko and Hassan Joho also cut their inauguration ceremony budgets.

President Uhuru has left Kenya to Kigali

President Uhuru Kenyatta has travelled to Kigali, Rwanda, to attend the inauguration ceremony of President Paul Kagame.

Related:what we found out as NASA from IEBC 

The President who is accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta departed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly before 9:00 am.

Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and Chief of Defence Forces, General Samson Mwathethe led other senior government officials in seeing off the Head of State.

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President Kagame was re-elected to a third term with over 99% of the votes cast in elections held on August 4.

President Uhuru is attending the inauguration ceremony to show Kenya’s solidarity with the people of Rwanda, and their government.

Read more:IEBC letter to Raila

In his congratulatory message, President Uhuru said the re-election of President Kagame renews friendship and alliance between the two countries and that he looks forward to working together on matters of regional security, regional integration, and infrastructure.

President Uhuru has left Kenya to Kigali

President Uhuru Kenyatta has travelled to Kigali, Rwanda, to attend the inauguration ceremony of President Paul Kagame.

Related:what we found out as NASA from IEBC 

The President who is accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta departed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly before 9:00 am.

Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and Chief of Defence Forces, General Samson Mwathethe led other senior government officials in seeing off the Head of State.

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President Kagame was re-elected to a third term with over 99% of the votes cast in elections held on August 4.

President Uhuru is attending the inauguration ceremony to show Kenya’s solidarity with the people of Rwanda, and their government.

Read more:IEBC letter to Raila

In his congratulatory message, President Uhuru said the re-election of President Kagame renews friendship and alliance between the two countries and that he looks forward to working together on matters of regional security, regional integration, and infrastructure.

Al-Shabaab’ beheads three, torches houses in Witu, Lamu

Suspected Al-Shabaab fighters have beheaded three people and torched houses in dawn attack on Maleli Village of Witu in Lamu.

Villagers and sources on the ground put the figure at four but County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo told the Nation that the report he had received indicated three.

12.30AM

Mr Kitiyo said he had dispatched a contingent of police officers to pursue the attackers.

The gunmen struck at around 12.30am Friday as the villagers slept, according to witnesses.

Armed to the teeth, they targeted men as they spared women and children, villagers told the Nation.

They disappeared into the bushes as has been their tactic in past attacks.

The government believes the militants have set up hideouts in the expansive and dense Boni Forest and a multi-agency operation is ongoing to flush them out.

The attack comes hours before Lamu County gets a new governor.

Governor-elect Fahim Yassin Twaha of Jubilee waiting to be sworn in at Mkunguni.

He takes over from Mr Issa Timamy, who ran on Amani National Congress party ticket in the August 8 General Election, and lost.

Al-Shabaab, the Somalia-based rag-tag militia linked to Al-Qaeda terror network, has been attacking villages and ambushing travellers in the coastal county for months now.

CALIPHATE

The militants fighting to impose an Islamic caliphate on Somalia have also been planting explosives on roads in Lamu, Garissa, Mandera, Tana River, Wajir and other parts of Coast and northern Kenya to avenge deployment of Kenyan military to the war-wracked country.

Last week, a roadside bomb killed five police officers in Ijara, Garissa County.

The Kenya Defence Forces are part of the African Union mission that has routed the militants out of major towns across the Horn of Africa state.