NASA co-principal ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi (C) alongside, Moses Wetangula and Siaya senator James Orengo (R) address the press, June 14, 2017. [Photo: @rickymeez/Twitter]
The National Super Alliance (Nasa) has reiterated that the awarding of the ballot printing tender to Dubai-based Al Ghurair Print and Publishing Company Limited, was influenced by President Uhuru Kenyatta, in collusion with some technical staff at the IEBC.
The alliance says they have established that the firm’s CEO Aziz Al Ghurair, is an intimate friend of the Kenyatta family and a frequent guest at the home of Muhoho Kenyatta, President Kenyatta’s younger brother.
Addressing the press, Nasa co-principal ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi said Muhoho is the local contact for Al Ghurair and possibly a shareholder in the firm.
He revealed that information in their possession indicates that IEBC Chief Executive Officer, Ezra Chiloba, and director of Election Operations and Voter Registration, Immaculate Kasait, were the contacts for State House in the decision to award to the tender unprocedurally and illegally to Al Ghurair.
“We have established that President Kenyatta summoned the IEBC CEO to the State House meeting where Mr Aziz was present as head of a Dubai business delegation,” said Mudavadi.
“Mrs. Kasait on her part is clouded in numerous integrity issues. She reports on a weekly basis to State House where she gives status update to Head of Public Service and Chief of Staff Joseph Kinyua. Mrs. Kasait is also a member of a Jubilee-leaning organization known as the Mt. Kenya Foundation which operates from the Parklands area,” he added.
From the foregoing, Nasa said it is clear that the two senior IEBC officers, are currently the single most serious threat to the holding of a free and fair election on August 8th.
They have demanded that Chiloba and Kasai immediately step aside and investigations be commenced into their conduct and tenure at the IEBC.
Flanked by co-principal Moses Wetangula and Siaya senator James Orengo, Mudavadi demanded that President Uhuru Kenyatta should to come clean on his and his family’s links with the Dubai firm and state his interests in the contract that the firm was awarded.
“The activities of this foundation are shrouded in mystery. The offices of this organization is accessed only by President Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, Mrs Winnie Guchu, Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, businessman Chris Kirubi, former Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir and former Chief of Chief of General Staff Joseph Karangi. Kasait provides frequent updates on the state of affairs at IEBC to this group.”
On Tuesday, Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga, revealed that the tender was issued to the firm, following Uhuru’s order, and demanded that the tendering process be halted.