By Isaac Odumbe Kute
Pre-trials are very fascinating. You can tell a lot about the strategy the lawyers will use during the trial proper. Petitioners try and include as much damaging evidence, defence lawyers get anal about what they want excluded.
I couldn’t help but notice how the respondents’ lawyers are fighting tooth and nail to exclude Uncle Chepukatnezza’s Kifaranga machine. Their defence strategy is to get evidence thrown out on technicalities.
Now you know why IEBC Chebukati was insisting the Kifaranga machine was just a useless statistical device. He wants you to believe that the real numbers are in the 40,886 Forms 34A and 290 forms 34B that his sidekick Chiloba couldn’t find two weeks ago. The same forms our Esra earlier told the world he had and then he hadn’t. Then he remembered he had them, then he was reminded he didn’t.
When you use the Kifaranga machine to cook your figures, shove a pre-determined result down people’s throats, you can’t just turn around and say “You know, that thing was just a statistical toy, It means nothing”. And if indeed the process was free, fair, credible, verifiable and accountable – why are you afraid to show the originally scanned forms 34A and 34B.
All we just need to do is verify that the electronic versions are the same (or not) with your cooked paper versions. Hell, if you gave me 2 weeks and a few motivated Sigwenya’s, I can cook all those forms PAP!
And what the hell is the Grand Mullah on about. IEBC is a public body. The information they hold belongs to the public. Yes they can restrict information that can identify an individual, but even so, they can’t keep it away from that individual. With all his bravado, I didn’t realize he can be that dense and insist the public has no right to that information. And yes, if it means giving the public the information to hang you from the rafters, so be it. I suppose he’s just defending his client.
Also good to see our Amicusly Curious Mortician trying to tell the court sijui what.