DPP orders investigation into Raila, Kalonzo over election boycott threat

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Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has ordered an investigation into opposition leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka.

DPP Keriako Tobiko has given police in Kenya 21 days to investigate the opposition figures over their threats to boycott the country’s election repeat on October 26. According to the lawyer, Odinga and Musyoka’s comments are in breach of section 13 of the Election Offences Act.

Investigation against Raila

Keriako Tobiko says the repeated threats to boycott Kenya’s election re-run are in breach of laws designed to protect members of the country’s electoral commission from harassment and intimidation.

Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka are threatening to boycott this month’s election repeat unless key members of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) are sacked.

Tobiko wrote to the Director of Criminal Investigations, Ndegwa Muhoro, on October 2 and ordered an investigation into the opposition duo and report back within 21 days.

Safaricom also investigated

The DPP has also formed a team to probe telecoms firm Safaricom over allegations it was invited in a rigging scheme during this year’s original election on August 8. The company is accused of collaborating with the ruling JUbilee party, IEBC and French company Safran Morpho during the botched election.

Raila Odinga successfully appealed the election result after Kenya’s Supreme Court annulled the poll, citing “irregularities and illegalities”.

 

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.