Kioni Reveals How Raila Lost 1.3 Million Votes

President Ruto was declared the winner with a total vote count of 7,176,141 (50.49 per cent) against Raila with a total of 6,942,930 (48.85 per cent).

Kioni Reveals How Raila Lost 1.3 Million Votes
Jeremiah Kioni during a past media address at Jubilee party headquarters. /CAPITAL GROUP

Jubilee Party Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni has claimed that there was fresh rigging in the Mt Kenya region which changed the outcome of the August 9 general elections, won by President William Ruto.

Speaking during a press conference on Wednesday, January 18, the former Ndaragwa MP claimed that there were some constituencies that could not be absolutely verified, which he claimed cost Azimio la Umoja coalition leader, Raila Odinga, in the elections in 2022.

Kioni went on to claim that Raila won the election with 8.2 million votes against Ruto's 5.9 million, meaning the former prime minister should have beaten his opponent by 2.3 million votes to be elected Kenya's fifth president.

Jubilee Party Secretary General, Jeremiah Kioni, during an interview at Jubilee headquarters in Nairobi on March 17, 2022. /DAILY NATION

"We’ve seen that 59% of the constituencies cannot be verified with absolute certainty. What can be verified is, Raila Odinga won the elections with 8,170,355 votes representing 57.53% of the votes cast.

"Ruto got 5,915,973 votes, representing 41.66%," he addressed.

Kioni then alleged that he had gone through a research report by Vanguard Africa, which he stated is a non-profit organization, and found that over 100 constituencies had their results verified and that they were far from those announced by former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chair Wafula Chebukati.

President Ruto was declared the winner with a total vote count of 7,176,141 (50.49 per cent) against Raila with a total of 6,942,930 (48.85 per cent).

He also claimed that the Mt Kenya region had witnessed the biggest vote manipulation activity.

"A casual peruse of the document; we have seen that at one point 144 constituencies had their results verified and often at times, those results are far from the results that were announced by IEBC.

"Most of the manipulation that was done happened within the Mt. Kenya region. The whistleblower is not hiding his identity. This research was done by a group known as Vanguard Africa, a non-profit organization that partners with pro-democracy leaders across Africa," he added, giving journalists the details of a Twitter account belonging to an American citizen known as Jeffrey Smith, the company's founder, in case they would like to obtain the document.

From his LinkedIn profile, Smith describes his organization as a nonprofit organization that supports free and fair election campaigns and pro-democracy leaders across the African continent.

It adds that he is a veteran human rights campaigner, writer, and consultant who has advised several presidents and pro-democracy opposition leaders from over a dozen African countries.

"Mr Smith has been honoured multiple times for his work, including by the Government of The Gambia as a Champion of Democracy in 2017 and was named among the Top 40 Under 40 Professionals by the Washington Business Journal in 2018. He has led, planned and conducted human rights assessment missions to a number of African countries, including Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Kenya, South Africa, eSwatini (Swaziland), Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

"He has organized and led high-profile delegations -- including for African heads of state -- to the White House, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Congress, and U.N. Human Rights Council," the bio read in part.

During the same address, Kioni revealed that further details would be issued in a comprehensive statement by Raila when he returns from his one-week visit to South Africa.

He flew out of the country on Friday, January 13 to South Africa where he was scheduled to have a series of meetings in his capacity as the African Union (AU) High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa.

Raila Odinga on board a plane. /FILE