Passaris, Kalembe cry foul over elections
Published on June 15, 2008, 12:00 am
By Brian Adero and Joseph Murimi
Former Adopt-A-Light Managing Director Esther Passaris who lost in the Embakasi parliamentary by-election will petition the election of Mr Ferdinand Waititu.
Ms Passaris intends to sue the Electoral Commission of Kenya, the Embakasi returning officer and Mr Waititu, next week.
Passaris told The Sunday Standard she had written to the ECK chairman, indicating why she feels Waititu was illegally declared the winner.
“I will move to court next week. My lawyers are working hard on it,” she said.
Her party, ODM also plans to petition the ECK over the by-election.
Details have since emerged of how PNU commissioned an opinion poll in Embakasi that showed ODM’s candidate leading. The Sunday Standard has obtained results of the poll conducted by the Nairobi Public Relations and Research Ltd.
The results showed that were the by-elections to be held between May 28 and 30, Passaris would lead by 43 per cent while Waititu would get 30 per cent.
Based on the report and possible loss, PNU began frantic efforts to marshal support. The team, comprising high-powered officials held strategy meetings with councilors to seek their support.
Further details have emerged of how PNU made frantic efforts to have former Kibwezi MP Kalembe Ndile abandon the race in favour of Waititu.
A minister is said to have consistently called Kalembe on his cell phone, urging him to step down. But Kalembe remained adamant, insisting he was in the race up to the ballot box.
A bitter Kalembe now says he will spill the beans on what happened in the Embakasi by-election, this morning.
He says his opponents used all manner of schemes to lock him out of the race.
Kalembe says he was shocked to hear an announcement on an FM radio station, indicating he had dropped out of the race in favour of the PNU candidate.
He said of the minister: “He called and asked me to get out of the race and support Waititu. When I refused he told me things that I am soon going to reveal.”
He claimed the Embakasi poll was rigged in favour of Waititu and that it was marred by irregularities.
“I am calling the Press tomorrow to reveal all. The whole exercise was just theft and they told me they would steal,” said Kalembe, who got 800 votes.