ODM leader Raila Odinga won the 2007 general election, Royal Media Services owner SK Macharia has said, adding “we have clear statistics”.
Macharia made the claim while making a presentation on the election laws debate in Parliament on Tuesday.
“The one who was declared the winner in 2007 was not the winner… We tracked all the results through satellite phones,” he said. “As per my records, Raila won the elections.”
Raila lost the election to former President Mwai Kibaki. The disputed results sparked violence that left at least 1,000 people dead and more than 600,000 internally displaced.
Macharia said he tried to convince Kibaki to follow a “pure presidential system”.
“If you read the IEBC summary report, it says there was confusion in the 2013 register,” he said.
He added: “Whatever I say here, that media owners dispute, I will take full responsibility for. We can use satellite phones in areas not covered by mobile phone networks.”
Macharia said in the run-up to the March 4, 2013 general election that he would use his media house to back Raila’s presidential campaign.
He also said he would conduct a door-to-door campaign for the former Prime Minister as he had promised to fight poverty and ensure food is affordable for all Kenyans.