DCI can not probe electoral fraud – Raila

Sunday, January 29th, 2023 14:49 | By
DCI can not probe electoral fraud - Raila
Azimio leaders led by Raila Odinga attend church service at Jesus Teaching Ministry (JTM) Church in Donholm Nairobi on Sunday, January 29, 2023. PHOTO/Martha Karua/Twitter

Opposition leader Raila Odinga now says the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) can not conduct investigations into electoral fraud which he claims denied him victory in the August 2022 presidential poll.

Speaking at a church service at Jesus Teaching Ministry in Donholm, Nairobi on Sunday, January 29, the Azimio la Umoja - One Kenya coalition leader said the probe would be biased due to influence from the Executive.

Raila stated that he doesn't have confidence in DCI boss Mohamed Amin to conduct the investigations because he is an appointee of President William Ruto.

"Nimeona yule anaitwa DCI anasema anataka kufanya uchunguzi. Bwana DCI wewe ni mwajiri wa bwana Ruto huwezi kufanya uchunguzi," Raila said.

Raila spoke ahead of the Azimio rally at Jacaranda Grounds, where the opposition is expected to turn the heat on the Kenya Kwanza administration to resign.

The opposition chief said the Azimio coalition wants to know the truth about what transpired in the last general election.

He said the truth would only come out if the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) opens its servers used on August 9, 2022, for scrutiny, after an alleged dossier from an insider showed that Azimio won the poll by more than two million votes.

DCI probe

DCI boss Amin has reportedly launched a probe seeking to establish if offences of “forgery” and “falsification of documents” were committed in the documents released by the Raila team recently.

In a letter to IEBC CEO Marjan Hussein Marjan, Amin said his office has received numerous correspondence and complaints relating to the information circulating online which is attributed to the IEBC.

He said his office is seeking to investigate the forms 34B that Azimio claims are genuine results, particularly the alleged irregularities and inconsistencies in the watermarks featured in the IEBC documents.

“The directorate is investigating the validity and authenticity of the documents in question, in addition to whether offences relating to forgery and falsification of documents have been committed,” Amin said.

The alleged IEBC whistleblower claims Raila garnered 8,170,353 (57.3 per cent) votes against Ruto’s 5,915,973 or 41.66 per cent.

Raila on Monday claimed that Ruto was rigged in a wider scheme involving the outgoing chairman of IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati.

"I commend all Kenyans who carried out the sacred and patriotic duty and cast their ballot peacefully. You expected IEBC to transmit, tally and announce the results in accordance with the law, free of bias and corruption. But IEBC and the then chairman Wafula Chebukati and two commissioners Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu and CEO Marjan Hussein Marjan formed a cartel within IEBC to the exclusion of four new commissioners, disregarded the votes you cast and cooked their own results," Raila said at a rally at Kamukunji Grounds.

"The presidential results announced unilaterally by Mr Chebukati on August 15 were entirely made up by him and had nothing to do with the votes you cast."

According to Raila, the Supreme Court was captured by cartels and made to dismiss his petition challenging Ruto's victory as Kenya's fifth President.

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