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Duale wants Odinga arrested for spreading conspiracy

24 April 2014, 15:48 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - The Jubilee coalition has asked the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Keriako Tobiko to arrest the protected official respondent named as Mr X, whom they have allegedly identified as the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga in the recent Jicho Pevu inside story on 2013 disputed presidential elections.

The coalition, led by National Assembly's Majority Leader Adan Duale said Tobiko should direct the arrest of Odinga for conspiracy by spewing out unrealistic allegations through the media to discredit the government, public institutions, certain communities and the nation regarding the last presidential elections.

"Recently, CORD warned that it would unleash a bombshell to coincide with the first anniversary of the inauguration of the Jubilee administration and, more or less, the delivery of the fateful Supreme Court decision," said Duale.

"A dubious recording of an alleged conversation between an 'unknown journalistic source' and an 'unidentified IEBC official' reiterates all the allegations by Raila Odinga and other petitioners before the Supreme Court last year," he added.

Duale faulted the aired Jicho Pevu election investigation for having investigative disclosure such as drawn conclusions and allegations by the 'IEBC official' could only have been reached much later than the alleged March 5, 2013, failure to use the tape in the petition to support Odinga's case in the Supreme Court since it pre-existed, and that no reason is given for protecting the "unknown person" interrogating the identified IEBC's CEO, James Oswago.

"Withholding evidence of electoral malpractice for a year for purposes of journalistic sensationalism instead of urgently coming forward to forestall a fraud is beyond cynical; it is perverse.

"Given the foregoing, only one conclusion holds: the Standard Group is being deliberately cagey in order to get away with fat lie while throwing mud at the Government, IEBC and the Supreme Court," stated Duale.

The Majority Leader cautioned that the Jicho Pevu piece is neither investigative journalism, responsible media at work nor even a legitimate editorial project but a conspiracy between CORD coalition, sympathetic civil society operatives and some editors to canvas a scandalous political agenda.

Duale warned that no individual can compel the disbandment of public institutions constitutionally installed because of losing an election.

"A lot of work went into the running of the last elections including the enactment of a new Constitution, a new electoral body, which the former Prime Minister had a clear say in its composition, and the creation of the Supreme Court. It is ridiculous to suggest that all this work was wasted because one man did not win the election," said Duale.

"We have credible evidence of CORD architects, some civil society groups and media players involved in this charade. Some of them have also been actively involved in trying to malign the leadership of the country as far as ICC cases are concerned," he added.

He further warned that if the opposition has failed to engage with reality, it is not the media's job to assist it in the self-deception.

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator, Kipchumba Murkomen said the Jubilee government should be given amble time to deliver on its promises other than for CORD to falsely tarnish its image based on the alleged compromised presidential elections.

"CORD is going through serious internal problems in managing the coalition such as failure to conduct peaceful ODM party elections hence refocusing on the last elections," said Murkomen.

"As Jubilee, we already know the protected Mr. X in the Jicho Pevu investigation because is somebody we freely associate with, easily identified from his talking and laughing. We already have three witnesses to identify him too; KTN reporters Mohammed Ali and John Namu, Thika Town MP Alice Nga'ang'a and identified IEBC CEO James Oswago to help the DPP and the Court with evidence for elections conspiracy," he added.   

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