In Summary
  • Meanwhile, OT-Morpho, in its defence, has threatened to sue, saying the accusations were damaging to the company.
  • Raila said the coalition has identified six individuals at Safaricom who had intimate knowledge of the conspiracy.

Leading mobile phone service provider Safaricom has declared it is ready to be investigated after Nasa leader Raila Odinga accused it of working with a French digital security firm to tilt the August 8 elections outcome in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Dragging the giant mobile firm into the presidential election dispute, Mr Odinga charged that Safaricom routed results from polling stations to OT-Morpho servers in France without ensuring that the outcome ended up in the servers of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

He alleged that the mobile phone firm knew that 100 electronic (Kiems) kits had been stolen from the IEBC and never reported the theft of the gadgets, which were later used to transmit results from fake polling stations to sway the outcome in favour of the Jubilee presidential candidate.

Safaricom however dismissed the accusations as “reckless, callous and unnecessary” and warned that the allegations could endanger the lives of its members of staff and families.

Chief executive Bob Collymore, in a statement, said they were ready to be investigated by any agency on the role they played in the elections.

Mr Odinga’s accusations came on a dramatic day when police battled Nasa leaders and supporters in the streets of Nairobi and Kisumu.

The protesters were calling for the resignation of commission chief executive Ezra Chiloba.

Mr Odinga’s security detail, that of his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka and co-principal Musalia Mudavadi was withdrawn by the government ahead of the demonstrations.

President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto on Tuesday dismissed the protests against the electoral agency as signs that Nasa is not ready for the repeat election. 

“If he (Raila) does not want elections, he should relax. We want to have elections peacefully,” President Kenyatta said at Maai Mahiu in Naivasha.

Speaking at his Capitol Hill Towers office in Upper Hill, Nairobi, Mr Odinga accused Safaricom, which was contracted by IEBC to provide network coverage for the transmission of results, of colluding with OT-Morpho to rig the election in favour of President Kenyatta.

The Nasa leader claimed the mobile phone firm deliberately sabotaged the process of results transmission by routing figures from the polling stations to OT-Morpho servers, creating a window for the manipulation of the numbers.

Mr Odinga said an analysis of the transmission pattern showed that while results were sent from the polling stations through the Safaricom network to the servers in France, they failed to reach the IEBC portal.

“None of the Kiems kits under Safaricom’s network ever got their results onto the IEBC’s public web portal.

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