Azimio on poll rigging claims: We will issue way forward when Raila returns to Kenya
Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party’s top brass will, in the coming days, issue a comprehensive statement in regards to a report detailing how the August 2022 General Election was allegedly rigged in favour of President William Ruto.
Azimio says it will do so once party leader Raila Odinga returns to Kenya from South Africa where he is hosting a series of meetings in his capacity as the AU High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa.
Speaking in Nairobi on Thursday, the leaders led by Wiper party chief Kalonzo Musyoka labeled the alleged revelations as startling while questioning whether Kenya is truly a democratic country since the outcome of the polls were reportedly influenced.
"In a few days our coalition leader who is abroad will be arriving into the country and we will give Kenyans a way forward. At that time we will collectively issue a public statement together with the data and the direction the country should take following these revelations," said Musyoka.
"The data calls into question the outcome of the presidential elections and the credibility and legitimacy of our entire electoral system and infrastructure. There are more revelations in our possession that will unearth the theft in the 2022 General Election. This was not an election but a sham."
The report, which Azimio says was released by an alleged IEBC whistleblower, claims that Mr. Odinga won the presidential polls after garnering 8,170,355 votes ahead of Ruto who reportedly managed 5,919,973 votes.
Musyoka went on to thank the aforementioned whistleblower for bringing the matter to the attention of the public, noting that whoever was responsible for making the information known was a true patriot.
"We want to commend the IEBC whistleblower who will now enjoy full protection under the law for bringing this to the public. The whistleblower has taken this action, a great risk to themselves, and set an excellent example of the true meaning of patriotism," he said.
On her part, former Azimio presidential running mate Martha Karua stated that senior IEBC officials deliberately withheld the information captured in the report in order to uphold Ruto's win at the August 2022 polls.
According to Karua, the masterminds behind the alleged poll rigging are currently interrogating IEBC personnel to determine whether they were responsible for releasing the contentious data on the polls.
"This data was sat on deliberately by the IEBC having known what they did and the court allowed that because IEBC is the duty bearer under the Constitution; they keep the records and they keep them to the order of the court when they ought to be availed to parties when they demand them," said the Narc Kenya party leader.
"The truth is finally out and no wonder there are reports that IEBC is interrogating personnel to find out who let the cat out of the bag."
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