How Raila introduced polls firm Morpho to Kenyan politics which he now opposes

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NASA leader Raila Odinga has been implicated in the direct sourcing of French-based technology firm OT-Morpho in 2012, the same company he now wants to IEBC to cast aside and not to be used in providing the result transmission system for the repeat presidential poll.

Jubilee MPs implicated the opposition leader saying he was actively engaged in the controversial government-to-government deal between Kenya and Canada for the procurement of biometric voter registration kits by the electoral commission for the 2013 General Election.

Mr Odinga, at the time was the Prime Minister in the coalition government and participated in the process in his capacity as the chairman of the Cabinet sub-committee which had been formed to oversee the acquisition of the devices.

The then Safra-Morpho delivered the devices required for a fraud-free voter register and but they failed on the election day, resulting in manual voter verification by the IEBC.

The MPs’ statement came a day after Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa and former Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba said Mr Odinga introduced the company to the government before the 2013 poll.

“The Cabinet sub-committee that dealt with the 2013 election was chaired by Mr Odinga.

“CS Wamalwa who was part of the Cabinet has indeed confirmed it is Mr Odinga who introduced Safran Morpho as a reputable company,” Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa said at a press conference on Tuesday.
On Monday, Mr Wamalwa and Mr Namwamba said no one knew of the firm until Mr Odinga introduced it to them.

“He (Raila) was the leader of the Elections Sub-committee, I was the justice minister.” Mr Wamalwa said. “He ordered direct procurement of the technological kits because of time limitations. Mr Odinga himself said Safran was the best and was seconded by Mr Orengo.”

In an apparent game of musical chairs, NASA MPs have also accused top Jubilee and electoral officials of receiving a Sh200 million bribe to award the tender for the August 8 elections to Morpho.

Mr Odinga has said that he the coalition had identified about five firms which could supply the poll technology in 30 days.

In 2012, Safran was fined by the French government for paying bribes to secure business in Nigeria.

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