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Safaricom boss to take ‘action’ if staff in poll rigging claim harmed

Safaricom boss Bob Collymore. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Safaricom boss Bob Collymore. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Safaricom #ticker:SCOM boss Bob Collymore has said he will take unspecified action if any of the employees accused of conspiring with IEBC officials to rig the August 8 presidential poll are harmed.

Mr Collymore Tuesday said the allegations by National Super Alliance (Nasa) put the lives of the six employees and their families at risk. He dismissed the allegations as baseless.

Nasa leader Raila Odinga accused Safaricom of failing to alert the authorities about illegal activities during the electronic transmission of results.

“I will hold those accusers personally responsible if any harm comes to any of those individuals,” said Mr Collymore at the launch of the M-Pesa payment card yesterday, adding that the firm has since beefed up security for the six.

The six are Thibaud Rerolle, Safaricom’s chief technology officer; Anthony Gacanja, the head of technology security; Robert Mutai who heads technology strategy and governance; Andrew Masila, a senior manager; Shaka Kwach, the head of special projects; and Farouk Gaffour, head of network and service operations.

In a September 29 letter, Nasa gave the Director of Public Prosecutions 72 hours to investigate and bring criminal charges against the six and Jubilee Party’s chief presidential agent, Davies Chirchir.

Update: The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Keriako Tobiko, says he has assigned a team of prosecutors to provide technical guidance and assistance in investigating the issues raised by Nasa. Read more here.

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