Lawyer Willis Otieno: There was peace at Bomas, the choir is my witness

for Tv47 Digital September 02, 2022, 02:28 PM
Lawyer Willis Otieno
Lawyer Willis Otieno responding to Justice Smoking Wanjala's question at the Supreme Court during the ongoing presidential petition hearing. PHOTO/JUDICIARY

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  • Lawyer Willis Otieno has dismissed claims that there was no chaos at the national tallying center in Bomas of Kenya

Lawyer Willis Otieno told the Supreme Court on Friday that there was no chaos at the Bomas of Kenya - the National Tallying Centre - which could have prevented IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati from announcing results from the 27 remaining constituencies.

Otieno said that the scene which is alleged to have witnessed chaos was peaceful and everyone saw that.

"If there was violence at Bomas at 3:00 pm as was being presented here, what stopped them from announcing the 27 constituencies' results at night? The choir is my witness, they were singing, there was peace and everybody saw that," Otieno who is representing petitioner Khelef Khalifa submitted.

Otieno further says that it is the IEBC that bungled the election by allowing the three Venezuelans who were arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by the DCI to access its servers.

"Mahat said that the three Venezuelans are like a plumber maintaining the system. After a plumber fixes your bathroom, he has no business being in there when you are showering. If you find him there, you tell him, get behind me Satan," he said.

Comparing the Venezuelans to the legendary Argentinian footballer Diego Maradona, the lawyer says that the three are sorely responsible for all the election malpractices allegedly witnessed in the August 9 polls.

"Kriegler report required you to deploy a sufficient, efficient system that protects the will of the people. It did not recommend you to deploy Jose Camargo as a midfielder like Diego Maradona to sit in the middle and start distributing results as demonstrated in the morning," Otieno said, referring to an earlier submission by Julie Soweto.

He says that if IEBC officials are tired of their work, they can leave it to other Kenyans who are willing to do it.

"Our constitutional values provisions shouldn't be sacrificed at the altar of convenience. If the election officials are tired and cannot do another election, we have more Kenyans who are willing to do this work properly, give them that opportunity," he added.

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