The Kenyan National Super Alliance (NASA) petition against the presidential results began on the 26th of August with the party making demands to be granted permission to view the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) servers. Well, the Kenyan Supreme Court has granted Raila Odinga, the leader of the opposition, permission to view the server citing ‘read only’ access in conjunction with other election material. According to NASA, the fairness of the case is appended to their ability to access IEBC’s server logs and gadgets, some of the instrumental gadgets that were used to identify voters during voting as well as the transmission of results. The Kenya Integrated Election Management Systems (KIEMS) was however compromised leading to their petition. NASA cited that the system was hacked leading to president Uhuru’s win against Raila Odinga.
On the first day of the petition, James Orengo, the NASA lead lawyer, cited that his team would concede defeat if they were granted access to IEBC servers. Presenting to the judges a form that had an appended barcode from a company in France, the judges asked for the time it would take them to scrutinize the servers with vital information on Forms 34A, 34B, and 290 Forms as well as 40,883 Forms.This is the third time Odinga is facing the same challenge concerning his unfair loss in elections. In 2013, Odinga lost his case; while in 2007, the same issues arose thereby spreading violence in Kenya. Once more, excessive police brutality was used on his supporters even on peaceful demonstrations. Lives were lost in the three scenarios. According to Otsieno Namwaya of Africa Research for the Human Rights Watch, there was a nasty crackdown on NASA supporters in not only the strongholds but also multiple Luo dominated neighborhoods in Nairobi like Lucky Summer and Kibra.
Citing that the constitution allows people to peacefully protest, Namwaya raised his concerns on the reluctant nature of the Kenyan authorities amidst killings coupled with rape and looting. Approximately 15 people lost their lives to the recently concluded elections under unfair killings. 100 people suffered severe injuries. With these numbers being an approximation, it is highly possible that there were unreported killings and injuries because most victims and families withheld information. It is the hope of the affected to find justice for not only NASA but also the supporters.