NASA leader Raila Odinga yesterday declared there will be no elections in the country in the absence of what he termed minimum irreducible reforms at the electoral body.
In a rare tough-talk since Supreme Court nullified elections of President Uhuru Kenyatta, the NASA team hinted of confrontational mass protest to push for the exit of individuals in IEBC they believed bungled the election.
Raila – in what the opposition christened Kibera Declaration – said opposition will not only boycott the election conducted by IEBC as currently constituted but will also ensure no election happens in the country on October 17.
The opposition team singled out Commissioner Abdi Guliye, CEO Ezra Chiloba, Deputy CEO Marijan Marijan, Deputy Commisison Secretary Betty Nyabuto and Director of ICT James Muhati as some of the officers who must not handle the repeat exercise.
Other officers they also want to disqualify themselves from the coming polls included Immaculate Kassait, Praxedes Tororey, Moses Kipkogey, Sidney Namulungu, Nancy Kariuki and Silas Rotich.
Raila said they will storm IEBC offices and ejected the said officers in what is a replica of the 2015 IEBC’s demos that led top the exit of former Commission chairman Isaac Hassan and his team of commissioners.
He threatened to lead legion of supporters to evict the officers from their Anniversary Towers officers if they insist on overseeing the repeat Poll.
“We maintain that our demands that officials implicated to leave or we will go and remove them,” Raila told supporters.
“If the demands are not met, there is no elections on October 17,” vowed Raila.
He vowed that NASA will not allow the current IEBC -which he described as partisan – to conduct the repeat polls in the absence of irreducible minimum reforms demanded by the opposition.
The opposition Chief said their visit to IEBC offices earlier yesterday revealed a body positioning itself to rig again the next month’s elections.
He said they have tried to comply so that necessary reforms are effected but IEBC appears to be hellbent on conducting another sham exercise.
Raila also demanded that Chiloba must respond to the 12 point terse memo before any election is held.
He maintained the Chebukati’s memo to Chiloba raised serious issues on how the poll was bungled and cannot just be swept under the carpet.
Raila disclosed that IEBC officers who treated them with contempt when they visited the offices told them the controversial Al-Ghurair firm will print the presidential papers despite protests by opposition.
Raila his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka, NASA principals Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula were speaking yesterday during a rally at Kamkunji grounds in Nairobi’s Kibera constituency.
Among the minimum demands NASA is pushing before the next month’s polls include exiting of office by officers who participated in manipulating elections, NASA granted access to the IEBC servers and Returning Officers who were complicit in vote fraud be replaced with fresh ones.
The opposition is also pushing for a new printing firm to print presidential ballot papers.
Already , Raila claimed, IEBC has entered into an agreement with Dubai based printer Al-Ghurair to print the election materials including presidential ballot papers disregarding protests from the opposition side.
Kalonzo demanded immediate resignation of Chiloba saying he should not allow himself be used to cause chaos in the country.
NASA, Kalonzo said, will be demanding for action against all officers who bungled elections immediately the full Supreme Court judgment is out.
The Supreme Court Judges are expected to deliver judgment next week on Friday being 21 days since the landmark ruling.
“We expect nothing short of prosecutions because they betrayed the country, ” said Kalonzo.
He accused IEBC of being complicit in the Jubilee vote rigging schemes and cannot be trusted to deliver a credible elections as currently constituted.
The former Vice President said IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati refused to meet them when they went for a meeting yesterday but met Jubilee team led by Deputy President William Ruto.
“We were within IEBC offices and the chairman who was in refused to come out to talk to us but he met Jubilee team led by Ruto thereafter,” Kalonzo disclosed.
Kalonzo accused Chiloba of being a business partner of DP Ruto and whose continued stayed at the electoral agency hugely compromise the polls.
“Chiloba if you know very well that Kenya is almost bursting, can you quickly resign so that Kenya moves forward, ” stated Mudavadi.
Wetangula said should have soul searched, identify those who committed poll irregularities before conducting the repeat polls.
The leaders also told off President Uhuru Kenyatta over the impeachment claims should Raila win repeat polls.
Raila reiterated he won the August 8 presidential polls by 1.5 million votes adding that is why IEBC refused to heed to court orders to open the servers.
The former Prime Minister laughed off Uhuru’s claims of impeachment stating the president has panicked.
“Even now he knows if we go back, I will defeat him and that is why he is talking of impeachment, ” said Raila.
The rally attended by scores of NASA elected MPs was staged parallel to the official president Uhuru Kenyatta’s first address to 12th parliament.
Raila slammed Uhuru for addressing parliament as president when the presidential elections has not been repeated as ordered by the Supreme Court.
“He was the president of the 11th parliament and a president of 12th parliament should open 12th parliament, ” said Raila.