Safaricom refutes NASA claims of conspiracy to rig election


Safaricom refutes NASA claims of conspiracy to rig election
Chief Executive of Kenya's telecom operator Safaricom Robert Collymore speaks during a Reuters interview at their headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, January 27, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
Chief Executive of Kenya's telecom operator Safaricom Robert Collymore speaks during a Reuters interview at their headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, January 27, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

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Kenya’s largest telecommunication firm, Safaricom, has denied Raila Odinga’s claim of complicity in nullified presidential poll declaring that it is ready to face any probe or prosecution on the matter.

Contrary to National Super Alliance’s statement, Safaricom said results from KIEMS kits in its assigned zones were sent and are available on the electoral commission’s web portal.

Safaricom chief executive officer, Bob Collymore, said the telco firm was not informed by the IEBC  of the alleged stolen KIEMS kits which Raila Odinga claimed were used to sent election results to tilt the election in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The telcom firm defended itself, saying that it fulfiled its obligation to Safaricom in accordance with its contract to provide a secure virtual network and technical support.

On Tuesday, National Super Alliance presidential candidate, Raila, instructed opposition lawyers to institute private prosecutions against six Safaricom official he claimed conspired to subvert the August 8 presidential election.

Addressing journalists at his Capitol Hill office, Raila alleged that Safaricom conspired with the electoral commission to relay inaccurate presidential results and deny him a win.

Further, the opposition leader alleged that between July 25 and 27, following the disappearance of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission ICT manager, Chris Musando, hundreds of Kenya Integrated Elections Management Systems  kits were stolen and the information shared with Safaricom.

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