Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore has blasted politicians over frequent attacks and links to rigging in the August 8 general election. Collymore told journalists on Tuesday that he will personally hold politicians threatening his staff responsible if anything happens to them.
He said dragging commercial co-operations into political wars, especially while political temperatures are high, is ill-advised. NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga claimed the mobile services provider colluded with IEBC to bungle the August 8 election in favour of Jubilee’s president Uhuru Kenyatta.
Raila claimed one of Safaricom’s VPNs terminated transmission of results, cutting links between KIEMs kits and IEBC servers. He also said the electoral agency’s cloud server, to which transmission was terminated, is registered in Spain but operated from France by OT-Morpho – the KIEMS kits supplier.
But Collymore said such claims are “baseless, unwarranted and life-threatening” to Safaricom workers. “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,” he said.
“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.”
He noted he does not intend to take any legal action against the accusers but vowed to put them to task if any of his staff members encounters danger. Collymore noted all three mobile services providers will continue to engage in the country’s electoral process because their is no way results can be transmitted without them.
“IEBC needs us to transmit the results because they cannot be transmitted by magic,” he said. “Some of us have lost billions of money and IEBC is yet to pay. We come here to offer services in good faith and goodwill because yes, IEBC needs us. Dragging us into political drama is so immature and I am so angry about this.”
Collymore had previously dismissed the claims linking his company to the rigging saying the firm transmitted all election results from the KIEMS kits to IEBC servers as per the laid down procedures.
All-round approach will prevent tax offences and financial crimes
Kenya has become increasingly exposed to illicit products and counterfeit goods, hence the need to take an all-round approach towards...
Kenya’s GDP to hit 5.7% despite debt burden
Despite a debt increase, Kenya’s GDP is expected to reach 5.7% up from 4.9% last year, according to ICAEW’s (the...
DPP seeks to withdraw forgery case in Sh500m Karen land suit
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has requested for withdrawal of the case against Guy Spencer Elms, the lawyer accused...
Chebukati ‘out to fix Chiloba’
When Judge Stephen Radido delivered his ruling on Thursday setting aside IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati’s decision to send the CEO,...
Pharmaceutical firm backs social investments in healthcare
Boehringer Ingelheim, one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, and Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs, have held...
MKU ranked among 10 best universities in Kenya
Four local private universities in top 10 ranking of universities in the country.
4 MultiChoice traders win trip to watch World Cup in Russia
They will have an experience of a lifetime touring Petersburg, the Vodka Museum and enjoy a private boat tour along...
Inside the boda boda millionaire industry
In small doses of Sh50 and Sh100, Kenyans spend Ksh600 million daily on motorcycle services
Daystar University sacks vice-chancellor
Striking students had decried mismanagement of funds and quality of education
Battle for Machakos governor heads to the Supreme Court
The court faulted the IEBC returning officer for using an excel spreadsheet to record results instead of Form 37A