NASA pushes DPP to charge Uhuru’s Chief agent Davis Chirchir and Safaricom

Davis Chirchir. He was President Uhuru Kenyatta Chief agent in the bungled August polls []

The National Super Alliance has trained its guns of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s chief agent Davis Chirchir over alleged tinkering with the transmission system in the August 8 polls.

NASA issued a 72-hour ultimatum to the DPP Keriako Tobiko on Monday to prosecute Chirchir alongside six senior officials who are employees of Safaricom.

The opposition alleged the six Safaricom officials between July 25 and August 11, 2017 in cahoots with some other people, at the firm’s headquarter along Waiyaki Way; interfered with Kenya Integrated Election Management System (KIEMS).

The six are: Antony Gachanja (Head of Technology Security), Farouk Gaffour (head of network and services operations), Thibaud Rerolle (French National Director Technical and  IT Safaricom), Shaka Kwach (Head of Special Projects-in-charge of elections), Robert Mutai (head of technology strategy, assurance and governance), and Andrew Masila (senior manager, strategy and architecture).

According to Daily Nation, NASA explained Safaricom “permitted the use of 100 Kiems kits stolen from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission prior to the death of its ICT manager Chris Msando by switching off the Kiems GPRS and the geo-fencing features from August 5, leading to transmission of poll results from 10,366 polling stations.”

The alleged results were not accompanied by 34As according to NASA.

NASA in a letter to the DPP dated September 29 said criminal charges should be instituted on the six and Chirchir.

The Raila Odinga led opposition alleged Chirchir accessed IEBC servers and computer systems unlawfully on August 8, 2017 between 21:39-51 hours and August 10, 2017, 14:38:23 hours.

“Our express instructions are that Safaricom Limited and D. Chirchir have committed criminal offences for which they must be punished,” stated NASA lawyer Antony Oluoch in the letter.

“Unless investigations leading into criminal charges and prosecution within 72 hours, our instructions are that we commence a private prosecution within 72 hours pursuant to Section 28 of the Office of DPP,” he added.

He said both Safaricom and Chirchir committed grave offences under the “Elections Act, Public Procurement Act, Penal Code and breaches of the Constitution.”

By Pharis Kinyua. He’s an online Journalist and an author for Jamhuri News