Raila Odinga leads by example, purchases Airtel simcard

NASA denies move is with hunt

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NASA leader Raila Odinga when he unveiled NRM uniform. /COURTESY

The National Super Alliance chief Raila Odinga on Monday, November 6, led other Opposition leaders in ditching Safaricom and joining the Airtel network, after the coalition called upon its supporters to do the same last week.

The Opposition has bones to pick with Safaricom, region’s biggest telco, for allegedly supporting Jubilee in rigging the August 8 repeat presidential poll.

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Former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama, NASA leader Raila Odinga and Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa at an Airtel shop on Koinange Street, Nairobi, yesterday. PHOTO: VICTOR IMBOTO/THE STAR

Nasa has denied that the move was a witch hunt, noting their aim is to entrench electoral justice in the country by punishing perpetrators.

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Raila who boycotted the November 6 repeat polls, arrived at an Airtel shop along Koinange Street in Nairobi and bought a new line and drove off without addressing journalists.

His Nasa co-principal Musalia Mudavadi arrived at the shop moments later after Raila left. He too bought a new Airtel line.

Politicians allied to Jubilee have bashed Nasa for sabotaging the economy saying the action will result in job losses, claims Mudavadi refuted.

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“If people migrate from one network to the another, they will still be creating jobs. Ours is about a broader cause. It is about electoral justice. Anybody who wants to do business in Kenya must never be involved in subverting the will of the people,” he said.

“It is a very well-thought-out process, which requires careful consideration. We must also be able to justify to the public why we are doing it,” he added.

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Nasa insists Safaricom cost it election victory in August, that its acts of omission or commission contributed greatly to its loss.

Among the accusations against Safaricom is accused of is the transmission of results from the polling stations directly to a cloud server registered in Spain and not to the IEBC server in France, as was agreed in their contract. Safaricom has since denied the claims.

Others companies targeted in the boycott include Brookside Dairies and Bidco Oil.