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Open IEBC servers, Azimio chief demands

Tuesday, March 21st, 2023 06:50 | By
ODM Leader Raila Odinga PHOTO/Facebook
ODM Leader Raila Odinga PHOTO/Facebook

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has challenged President William Ruto to grant them access to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission servers.

Speaking during protests in Mathare, Nairobi yesterday, Raila said an audit of the IEBC’s servers was the only way to verify the presidential election results of 2022.

Raila’s demands come hot on the heels of explosive claims of election rigging by an alleged anonymous whistle-blower at the IEBC who alleges that the former premier won the election.

Raila claims he garnered 8.1 million votes against Ruto’s 5.9 million.

“Kenyans want justice, food, water, education, healthcare, and employment. These people have failed. They have brought corruption, tribalism, and discrimination, but we are on the side of justice,” Raila said.

The former premier also demanded the reinstatement of former IEBC vice chair Juliana Cherera and three other former commissioner Justus Nyang’aya, Irene Masit and Francis Wanderi.

The opposition leader piled pressure on Ruto to reconstitute the IEBC selection panel by making fresh appointments of political party representatives to the six-member panel.

Azimio’s list of demands also included reduction of taxes, school fees, and prices of essential commodities.

Yesterday’s protests came amid widespread discontent with the rising cost of living and a biting dollar shortage.

Raila has previously demanded the return of subsidies for maize flour, fuel, and maize to bring down the cost of essential food items.

“We wanted peaceful protests, but these people have brought weapons, teargas and bullets. This is only a taste of what is to come,” he said.

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