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"Up in Smoke, " Prof Makau Mutua Reacts After IEBC Vice Chair's Statement

Kenyans on Twitter went wild after Juliana Cherera, the IEBC Vice Chair, read the statement by the four commissioners who disassociated themselves with the results announced by Wafula Chebukati. They have been highly critical of Juliana for what may be an error in her statement after she said that 0.01% of the over 14,000,000 votes cast by Kenyans translates to about 142,000 votes. The Chairman of Raila Odinga's campaign team has broken his silence and reposted the above statement by Cherera and captioned it with an idiom saying, "Up in smoke."

The idiom simply means that something was wasted. However, this statement remains paradoxical as we cannot draw at what he was trying to mean. Is it the results because of the error highlighted by Cherera, which is not logical, or is it the 4 commissioners for giving a vague statement? Well, if it is the latter, he may not have realised the mathematical error. If it is the former, he might be silently conceding defeat.

On the other hand, the ODM Communications director, Philip Etale, has applauded Cherera for highlighting the mistake by IEBC. He says that even the Kenya Kwanza team knows that the percentage cannot be more than 100% and tweets, "Even thieves know there is never a figure beyond 100%"

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