Safaricom Reacts to Raila Claims

Safaricom Reacts to Raila Claims

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Safaricom  LTD has fought claims by the National Super Alliance (NASA) that the mobile service provider was complicit in a scheme to rig August 8 elections. Also See:Reactions: Twitter moots shift from 140 to 280 characters

NASA leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday said Safaricom was contracted by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to transmit election results from the Kenya Integrated Electoral Management System (KIEMS) kits at the polling stations to the IEBC servers,but alleged Safaricom’s system never relayed results to IEBC’s public portal web. Also Read:Angela Ndambuki, former Tatuu Singer is the new KNCCI CEO

Raila said the data was to be conveyed to via Virtual Privat Network (VPN)  in order to ensure that there was no tampering with the results before they reached the servers.

Last night, Safaricom Chief Executive Bob Collymore has denied claims by the opposition on transmission of the August 8 elections results.

In a statement issued Tuesday evening, Safaricom said it transmitted the results to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) cloud servers. Read Also:World Bank warns of ‘learning crisis’ in global education

“It was IEBC’s responsibility to transmit results from its servers to the tallying centres and this was publicly available information.6 Easy Ways to Grow your Social Media Following

“Contrary to what is alleged in the Nasa statement, results from KIEMs kits from Safaricom zones, were transmitted and are on the IEBC web portal,” Mr Collymore said in the statement.

Earlier Tuesday, the National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga had dragged Safaricom into the election dispute. Read Also:Interesting stories on twitter as Raila, Kalonzo security withdrawn

Mr Odinga asked the mobile service provider, which was contracted by IEBC, to explain why it routed results from the polling stations to a server in France and terminated them there instead of transmitting to the electoral commission’s server in Kenya.

This, he said, gave room to the manipulation of the poll outcome relayed to the national tallying centre at Bomas in the capital Nairobi. Related story:We promises Transparent and Accountable Poll-IEBC

Mr Odinga threatened court action against six individuals he claimed were part of the scheme he claimed denied him victory.

Nasa, he said, would institute private prosecution against the fingered Safaricom employees.How Supreme Court ICT ignorance created legal quandary, circuitous litigations-Gakuru

In his response to the allegations, Mr Collymore said the company was concerned over Nasa’s move to mention its staff saying this had endangered their lives.London says Uber not ‘fit and proper’ for passengers

“This action is callous and unnecessary,” the CEO said adding that the company is ready to be investigated or prosecuted.

He said the company discharged its contractual obligations “strictly in accordance with the contract and the law.”Youtap launches mobile money payment cloud-based service

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