The Kenyan public will be denied a democratic right to elect a government of their choice in the forthcoming general elections if revelations by Raila Odinga are to be believed.
ODM Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga is waving the red flag on what he calls a parallel election rigging mafia operating from Annivesary Towers - The Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) Headquarter offices.
Raila claims that six individuals - four from Central Province, One from Western and another from Coast Province have been operating from "a strong room" located on 13th or 14th floor of Anniverasry Towers the ECK Headquarters.
In what he called a personal statement, Raila said, "I have received information which I believe to be true, that this group is operating under tight security. These individuals operate under the inspection of one Mr.James Chege. Mr Chege is referred to by colleagues as Ceii."
He further claimed that, "the group's duty is to alter the voter register both electronically and manually and that some of these individuals doctor the electronic version of the voter's roll, while others work on the manual one, updating in the blackbook all the time."
"I have recieved information which information i believe to be true that this illegal activities and work begin at around 8am when Chege arrives with a list of names of people who are entered into the voters roll,"Raila added
"...The lists come with names, voter number and ID numbers where most people from Western and Central are registered in Langata. But it goes beyond that. There are names from Bungoma, a region thought to be friendly to Kibaki whose names are being transferred to Sabatia to ensure Musalia is voted out," Raila further claimed.
"I have recieved information.....that the team in the strong room to deregister or double register people who by their names alone are thought to be anti-Kibaki, in the last one month each of the six individuals has registered at least 7,000 new people," said Raila.
"I have recieved information....that as soon as you appear in the reception with a letter issued by Kibaki Tena officials (Lee Karuri and a retired general whose name is mysterious) the receptionists know where to refer you. You get to 7th floor, then take VIP lift to what must be 13th or 15th floor. They work under tight security. Two APs are on guard daily. But they are transferred daily. Those who work don't come tomorrow," Raila argued.
"These individuals have seriously reworked Sabatia and Langata lists, an earlier team has gone to the AG chambers and picked names of the dead. They then went to voters registers and removed names of living voters with those of dead ones, as such the composition of names may appear the same and tribal composition the same,"Raila argued.
" I believe a lot of dead people are being included in the voters register in Langata, Sabatia and Mvita at the expense of the living. these teams have been transferring people from regions where Kibaki has no problems to areas where he is doing badly, information we have is that those being transferred have already been told and they know where to report on voting day," Raila claimed.
Raila went further to warn, " Should the Electoral Commission not respond forthwith and in a satisfactory matter then ODM shall take the appropriate action to safeguard the Electoral Process, The Constitution and the right of the people to elect their government." The letter was copied to the Attorney General Amos Wako, Kalonzo Musyoka, Pius Muiru, President Mwai Kibaki and all Diplomatic Missions in the country. Questioned on what actions ODM would take if the ECK did not act, Raila declined to expound saying "I will cross the bridge when I get there."
Readers of this blog should not be surprised at these new revelations which were first carried here last month in the story: Is the Langata Voters Register Genuine?
The initial reactions of the Police and the Electoral Commission has been denial. Raila has raised sensational claims before that were later confirmed to be true to the point of threating the sovereignty of this country and seriously embarrassing the GNU. His latest statement gives finer details, including names, number of individuals and the structure of the scheme including their base location.
Is Raila himself operating a parallel intelligence force? If not, it is obvious he has reliable moles within the higher echelons of the country's intelligence machinery. And this should be food for thought for the PNU.
Other critical matters that the government is yet to resolve are the issue of ECK Chairman's renewal of term in office, constituency boundaries and the arrest / persecution of election violence perpetrators.