The 6 Safaricom Employees Facing Arrest Over Election Rigging [LIST]
Tough time for Safaricom employees
The six have found themselves in a tight spot after the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Keriako Tobiko instructed Director of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Ndegwa Muhoro to commence the probe.
This is after the National Super Alliance (NASA) claimed that Safaricom aided the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in the rigging of the just-concluded poll.
According to a letter by the DPP, the six include Thibaud Rerolle (Director Technical and IT, Anthony Gacanja ( Head of technology Security), Shaka Kwach (Head of Special Projects – in charge of Elections), Robert Mutai ( Head of Technology Strategy, Assurance and Governance), Farouk Gaffour ( Head of Network and Service Operations) and Andrew Masila ( Senior Manager, Strategy and Architecture).
The Opposition through its lawyer A.T. Oluoch & Advocates alleged that the staff members did not provide a safe passage in the transfer of results during the General Election.
"The six are under investigation for a possible offense that allegedly may have been committed by Safaricom and its staff during the handling of the contract between it and IEBC in providing safe passage of data from KIEMS KITS to a remote server based in France,” the DPP’s letter read in part.
Mr. Tobiko directed DCI to complete the investigation within 21 days and hand the report to the office of the DPP.
NASA leaders led by presidential candidate Raila Odinga publicly accused Safaricom of playing a huge role in the rigging of the elections.
Mr. Odinga threatened to ask the public to boycott the telecommunication company until it takes responsibility.
However, Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore dismissed the allegation noting that politicians should seize from dragging the firm into politics.
On Tuesday Collymore threatened to take action against persons engaged in rumor-mongering about the telecom.
Mr. Collymore divulged he will be filing private suits against those making false accusations of the company’s staff.
"These utterances are callous and reckless, considering they are just baseless allegations putting people's lives at risk. I will hold those accusers personally responsible if any harm meets my staff," Mr. Collymore said.
He added: "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."
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