Sat. Feb 16th, 2019

Chiloba: I’m busy with rerun, no plan to quit

Besieged electoral agency CEO Ezra Chiloba has signaled he won’t quit, even as NASA stages street protests to force him and other officials out.
Chiloba yesterday categorically told the Star he and his team are focusing on the repeat polls on October 26.
People should focus on preparations for the elections, Chiloba said.
“I have no comment,” he said when asked if he would yield to mounting pressure to resign.
This amid a raging stalemate.
The stage is set for a bitter confrontation with Opposition chief Raila Odinga and his lieutenants who promise the ‘mother of all demonstrations’ today.
NASA says Chiloba and others botched and rigged the August 8 General Election and cannot be trusted to handle a rerun.
Police commander Japhet Koome told the Star last evening NASA had not formally notified police of plans to demonstrate.
If the protest is deemed illegal, there could be an ugly confrontation.
Jubilee supporters also plan counter demos.
NASA co-principal Moses Wetang’ula yesterday confirmed supporters will take to the streets today to push for electoral reforms.
Security will be tight. The IEBC’s Anniversary Towers headquarters will be locked, cordoned off and protesters will not get close.
“We will be there until reforms are effected. The officers who bungled the elections must be sent home before we agree to go into the repeat election,” he said.
Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi added, We will start the grand march to remove the IEBC staff implicated in bungling the elections. There shall be no relenting until they quit office.”
Chiloba is at the centre of the protracted standoff and the NASA coalition has called for his sacking.
The Supreme Court on September 1 nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory, indicting the IEBC and citing enormous irregularities and illegalities. It did identity specific people.
NASA pledges it to boycott the rerun if it’s supervised by Chiloba and ‘indicted’ secretariat staff.
Speaking while campaigning in Embu yesterday, Uhuru Kenyatta warned NASA supporters would be met with the full force of the law if they attempt to disrupt businesses.
We know they have planned demos, tomorrow (today). That is their right. But if they try to loot shops, block roads and harass motorists, then they will know there’s a government in power, a fired-up Uhuru said.
He said Raila is an ordinary citizen who holds no elective office and has no mandate to call for sacking any public officer.
If he is not ready for the election, let him stay at home and allow those of us who are ready to continue, the President said.
The opposition is pushing for a broad range of reforms, 12 irreducible minimums’. In addition to sacking staff, it wants a new printer, technology provider, access to IEBC servers and other things.