The unconventional means NASA is using to jail Chiloba and company

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Nasa lawyers Otiende Amollo (left) and James Orengo at Supreme Court in Nairobi on August 26, 2017 during the pre-trial conference. Nasa wants access to IEBC servers. PHOTO: DENNIS ONSONGO/NATION MEDIA GROUP

The National Super Alliance (NASA) has resorted to private criminal prosecution of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission officials who bungled the August 8 elections in order to stop them from managing the upcoming polls.

The coalition said on Wednesday, September 13, that it took the unprecedented decision to snub Parliament completely including its critical committees.

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IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba. NASA wants him gone. PHOTO: NMG

Addressing the media after deliberations with its MPs at Okoa Kenya offices in Lavington, the Opposition chiefs maintained there would be no election on October 17 if a clean up of officials at the electoral body doesn’t happen.

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The Raila Odinga led Nasa has forwarded to IEBC a seven-page document which it says are irreducible minimum reforms which chairman Wafula Chebukati and team must address before the repeat polls.

“We are saying, no accountability no elections,” Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula said during the press conference that was also graced by Nasa coalition leader Raila Odinga.

“We are not looking forward to any election, but an election devoid of illegalities and irregularities. These were the strong words of the Supreme Court,” the Bungoma Senator added.

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According to Wetangula, Nasa has identified the IEBC officials who botched the August polls saying they shall face criminal prosecutions.

Siaya Senator James Orengo who led a battery of Nas lawyers to argue its successful Supreme Court petition will be the coalition’s head lawyer in the criminal proceedings.

The alliance lashed at the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko saying he is partisan and unwilling to take action.

“We have instructed our legal team led by Senior Counsel James Orengo to study those cases carefully and institute private criminal prosecutions against perpetrators of these crimes. We got the feeling the DPP and other agencies that deal with criminal justice in this country are partisan and are not willing to do their job,” Wetangula noted.

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Already mentioned in Nasa documents as criminals are IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba and Commissioner in charge of ICT Abdi Guliye. Others are deputy CEOs Marijan Hussein and Betty Nyabuto, ICT director James Muhati, voter registration boss Immaculate Kassait and legal director Praxedes Tororey.

Moses Kipkosgey, Sidney Namulungu, Nancy Kariuki and Silas Rotich also make the list.