City Based businessman and Philanthropist Jimi Wanjigi has finally broken his silence revealing the pivotal role he played in setting up and running the TNA party and NASA coalition tallying centres in the 2013 and 2017 elections respectively.
Talking yesterday Sunday 29, August 2021, during an interview with Citizen Television, the Philanthropist noted that he was a corner post in the running and management of the two general elections.
Wanjigi confirmed that during the 2013 general election, he set up and operated the Jubilee tallying and command centre that rivalled the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) set one.
The businessman noted that from the results they were able to tally, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s results, who was eventually declared the winner despite CORD contesting the results, for receiving more than 50% + 1 vote of the total votes cast.
“Yes I operated it (Jubilee tallying and command centre) and I believe it was successful. But every party and candidate does so. We got returns from our agents. Don’t listen to the rumours. Uhuru won that election. Did you not see the difference in votes? 800,000 votes,” stated Wanjigi.
“I believe the competitors went to court and they lost,” Wanjigi, who has declared his interest in the 2022 presidential elections, added.
The 2013 general election resulted into an election petition by then CORD to challenge President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory, a thing that was later thrown away by the seven-judge bench led by then Chief Justice Willy Mutunga.
Wanjigi would later in 2017 shift goal posts in establishing and managing the National Super Alliance party tallying and command centre, that was then composed of the leaders, Raila Odinga (ODM), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (Amani National Congress – ANC), and Moses Wetangula (Ford-Kenya).
He went to say that things were different this time as he ran two tallying centres, one locally and the other out of the country.
“This time it was anchored differently because the law had been changed. The polling station of the President, under the law, became the constituency and you had the results that could only be transmitted electronically,” he stated.
“It was a lot of work and yes, I ran that centre.” He, however, did not delve into the intrigues of the controversial election which was nullified by the Supreme Court under Chief Justice (Rtd.) David Maraga, leading to a re-run.
He also explained why he fell out with President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy noting that he was unimpressed by their policies.
Wanjigi claims that the two approached him in 2015 to undertake whatever projects he wanted, but he declined stating that he wanted nothing, not even one business associated with the Jubilee regime and the two leaders.
The Businessman noted that the debt burden was ever ballooning and the policies adopted were never in line with their manifesto during the 2013 general election.
“I had seen how their policies would impoverish us all. Debt was accumulated in the first term of this regime, not the second. I was among those who raised concerns about the Eurobond,” he stated.
Wanjigi however cleared the air, noting that his interest in the Presidency was to offer his problem-solving skills and unifying the country.
He further added that business, for which he is part can only thrive best when the country experiences peace and posterity.