Senate Majority Leader Aaron Cheruiyot has disregarded the oppositions request for the opening of IEBC servers for probe, saying the plea is not in the existing laws.
Azimio La Umoja Party Leader Raila Odinga said that an audit of the electoral body’s servers is the only way to verify the presidential election results of August 2022.
Speaking at an interview with Citizen TV on Tuesday night, Cheruiyot said that there was no law in place that can make the government open the servers, saying that Raila’s demands were nothing but “blackmail and idle talk.”
The senator declared that the legitimacy of President William Ruto was settled by the Supreme Court in September 5,2022, which upheld he Kenya Kwanza’s victory.
“Azimio tell us if we don’t open the servers, we’ll go back to the streets , and many sad stories that we are used to, you know , because we have dealt with them long enough, same characters, never change. This is issue is completely bar talk,”Cheruyiot said.
He also revealed that the Supreme Court had allowed Azimio’s request for a recount of votes in several contested polling stations but found no disparities with the final tally declared by Wafula Chebukati, the former IBC, Chairperson.
“Azimio was given an opportunity by the Supreme Court and told to pick 46 ballot boxes from different parts of the country just as a sample and you know, statistics is about sampling .Because you couldn’t open 46,000 ballot boxes,’Cheruiyot said.
Raila claims that their were election rigging by an alleged anonymous whistle blower at the IEBC who alleges that the he won the elections.
He claims that he had 8.1 M votes against Ruto’s 5.9M.
He insists that the issue of servers must be addressed by a parliamentary committee formed to lead dialogue between the opposition and government.
The Azimio leader also demands the lowering of the cost of living and reinstatement of former IEBC vice chair Juliana Cherara and the other three former commissioners Justus Nyang’anya, Irene Masit and Francis Wanderi.