The director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko has directed that six Safaricom officers and Jubilee Party chief agent David Chirchir be investigated for allegedly playing a role in the flawed general election held on August 8 2017.
Tobiko wants the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Ndegwa Muhoro to probe Anthony Gachanja, Robert Mutai, Thibaud Rerolle, Shaka Kwach, Farouk Gaffour and Andrew Masila who the National Super Alliance (NASA) believe colluded with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and French IT firm OT Morpho to hand victory over to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Earlier, Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga sensationally claimed that Safaricom had routed results from the polling stations to a server in France but did not transmit them back to the IEBC servers at the Bomas of Kenya. According to Odinga, the six knew about the manipulation of the results but never blew the whistle.
Odinga gave Tobiko 72 hours to prosecute the six officers but after the lapse of the given time he has opted to institute private investigations against the six.
In defense of his team, Safaricom Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bob Collymore said, ‘results from KIEMs kits from Safaricom zones, were transmitted and are on the IEBC web portal.’
Collymore also asked politicians to leave his staff out of their political stalemate.
‘Those who want to accuse must engage me because I am the leader of the team. Don’t accuse my innocent members of staff. I reiterate these comments are unfair and unjust…let them fight their political agenda instead of dragging us into their woes,’ said Collymore.
Bob insisted that Safaricom will still participate in the coming elections as the IEBC still needed them to transmit the results.
Bob Collymore also decried the fact that the ongoing political stalemate has made them lose billions of shillings every day.
Tobiko asked Muhoro to submit his findings within 21 days and was categorical that the DCI will conduct ‘thorough, comprehensive and expeditious’ investigations.