In Summary
  • It is during the scrutiny of forms 34A and 34B that confidence levels in the technical team grew.
  • The committee said sufficient evidence had been gathered to build and sustain a case against the declaration by IEBC of Mr Kenyatta as winner.

Divisions and pressure from the international community pushed the National Super Alliance to seek redress from the Supreme Court after the presidential election loss, it has emerged.

Sources said coalition leader Raila Odinga and senators James Orengo (Siaya) and Johnson Muthama (Machakos) were for mass protests.

“The three insisted that the Supreme Court legitimised a dirty election in 2013 and they saw nothing different this time round,” an insider told the Nation Thursday.

PROTESTS
Mr Odinga’s running mate and Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Amani National Congress’ Musalia Mudavadi, Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto of Chama Cha Mashinani, Ford-K leader Moses Wetang’ula and members of the technical team opposed street protests.

There was already an internal rebellion when Nasa Ukambani wing under Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana openly rejected the idea of street protests and warned Mr Musyoka against taking that path.

The county boss has emerged as one of Mr Musyoka’s most trusted ally.

This led to the fallout with Mr Muthama. The fact that the senator was in support of mass action meant that Mr Musyoka was isolated and could only listen to Prof Kibwana.

EVIDENCE
It is during the scrutiny of forms 34A and 34B that confidence levels in the technical team grew.

The committee said sufficient evidence had been gathered to build and sustain a case against the declaration by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission of Mr Uhuru Kenyatta as winner of the presidential election.

According to the source, Nasa sought the services of electoral forensic and handwriting experts to plough through the thousands of forms to determine their validity and if there was foul play on the part of the IEBC.

“Initially, we were opposed to the legal process but our confidence levels rose when we came face to face with the glaring mess in the forms,” the source said.

OBSERVERS
Among the issues said to have softened Mr Odinga’s heart was when the audit team said many forms 34A posted on the IEBC portal from some counties did not bear the commission’s stamp as required by the law.

But it was the international community that put paid to any hopes that Mr Odinga would use justify the street protests.

A Nasa insider told the Nation that the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union piled pressure on Mr Odinga to either concede defeat or file a petition at the Supreme Court.

“There were several direct and indirect meetings with the ambassadors of the UK, the US and the European Union,” the source said.

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