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TZ denies parallel tallying centre claims

The Tanzania government has denied claims that it is colluding with the Opposition to rig next month’s poll by hacking into the electronic results relaying system. In a message posted on Twitter, the Tanzanian government termed allegations by some Kenyan MPs allied to Jubilee Party as a “mistake”.

The message posted by the Government Spokesman Hassan Abbas dismissed the allegations as untrue. Abbas said it is worrying as well as an affront to their Constitution, claims that Nasa is planning to set up a parallel tallying centre in Tanzania.

Reads Abbas’ tweet: “The attempt to link the peace-loving government of Tanzania with involvement in a neighbour’s elections is a mistake beyond reality.”’ His sentiments come in the wake of reports that Nasa leader Raila Odinga’s alliance had secretly set up a tallying centre in Kigamboni area, Tanzania.

The denial came only a day that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission ( IEBC) commissioner Roselyn Akombe disclosed the agency is working with undisclosed firms to prevent external interference.

Speaking at the Mkenya Daima forum at a Nairobi hotel yesterday, she also unveiled an elaborate plan for IEBC to guard against stuffing of ballots. It was also a day when Deputy President William Ruto claimed the Nasa leaders plot to cause chaos on the voting day to mar and get an excuse to reject the outcome of the poll.

Ruto said Nasa’s call to its supporters to jam polling stations was well choreographed to cause tension with security agencies and result in skirmishes. Ruto said the government is aware that causing chaos is the final strategy the Opposition is plotting to adopt after failing to stop the elections through numerous court cases.

He said the Opposition leaders were inciting their followers to ignore the rule on the number of agents allowed into a polling centre. The allegations of a Nasa foreign tallying centre were first made by the Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale and Jubilee Party secretary general Raphael Tuju and subsequently echoed by dozens of Jubilee MPs.

Last week, some Jubilee MPs and Third Way Alliance presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot expressed concerns, saying such a move would be an affront to the Constitution and Kenya’s sovereignty.

In particular, Jubilee MPs claimed that Nasa was plotting to hack the electronic relaying system that will identify voters and transmit results so that it fails and causes confusion and chaos.

The MPs also alleged Germany, Ghana and Tanzania were in the Nasa plot to interfere with the poll. The MPs who included Kimani Ichung’wa (Kikuyu), Aaron Cheruiyot (Kericho) and Beatrice Elachi (nominated), under the umbrella of Mbele Iko Sawa, told Tanzanian president John Pombe Maghufuli to keep off Kenya’s politics.

Other MPs were Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Muthomi Njuki (Chuka Igambang’ombe), Alex Muiru (Tharaka) and Beatrice Nkatha (Tharaka Nithi county) who claimed Magufuli was helping Nasa create a parallel tallying centre and later swear Raila in, across the border, as president.

Duale also said that the 10 million votes that Nasa has been talking about was a bridge to fulfil their Tanzanian agenda. Raila has, however, denied the allegations but went ahead to defend the rationale of opening a parallel tallying unit to track votes as they are relayed from polling stations.

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