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We will not accept computer-generated leaders, Raila says as NASA opts to go to court

By Judy Nguta | Aug 16th 2017 | 2 min read
Raila Odinga has announced NASA's resolve to petition presidential election results at the Supreme Court. Photo: John Muchucha, Standard

The National Super Alliance (NASA) has resolved to move to the Supreme Court to challenge results of Kenya’s presidential election.

NASA leader Raila Odinga said the alliance would not accept ‘computer-generated leaders’ saying there was a glaring fraud with the results transmission system.

“The IEBC streamed provisional presidential results that were not backed by Forms 34A. That means the provisional and final results announced were null and void and that Uhuru Kenyatta was not lawfully declared the winner,” Raila said at a press conference at Okoa Kenya Centre in Nairobi.

NASA made a turnaround from their previous declaration that they would not seek redress from the courts. They cited harassment of civil society organisations that had threatened to move to court to challenge the presidential poll as one of the reasons for the change of plan.

“We have now decided to go to the Supreme Court and lay before the world, the making of a computer-generated leadership,” the NASA flag bearer said.

Raila said this action was not just about this election and this country but for Africa in general and for democracy’s sake. He called on other African democracies to publicly show solidarity with Kenyans.

At the same time, he condemned the attacks on protesters and innocent civilians by the police.

“Peaceful assembly is guaranteed by the Constitution, so is civil disobedience and so the right to strike, yet our people are being admonished.

“We shall hold vigils, moments of silence and do everything to draw attention to the gross electoral malpractice in our country and demand redress,” Raila said.

On Monday, President Uhuru Kenyatta had asked those who want to hold demonstrations to organise with the police as he responded to the public outcry that police officers were harassing protestors.

He also extended a hand of partnership to Raila so that the country can move forward after the General Election.

Raila said on Wednesday that he “will not accept and move on.”

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