Wafula Chebukati, the head of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), has criticized the four opposing IEBC commissioners for their behaviour during the recently completed August elections.
Chebukati criticized the four commissioners, including vice chair Juliana Cherera, Irene Masit, Francis Wanderi, and Justus Nyang'aya, for what he described as a scheme to thwart the procedure and frustrate the will of the people.
In a press conference held in Mombasa to announce the commission's post-election evaluation workshop, Chebukati gave a detailed account of the electoral process from its planning in 2017. He claimed that while the electoral body had worked in unanimity, the quartet had chosen to violate their oath of office.
“All the Members of the Commission and Senior staff of the Commission had unrestricted access to the floor of the tallying centre to monitor and supervise the election results verification process. It, therefore, goes without saying that all Members were assigned duties to manage critical components of the election,” claims Chebukati.
The head of the IEBC criticized the commissioners' decision to declare the election process "opaque" by recalling difficulties with it, such as the need for staff to work long hours tallying votes, the need to verify the results, and the threat of government officials to some members.
The executive director of Azimio, Raphael Tuju, was also singled out by the IEBC chief, who said that he had coordinated a scheme to destroy the reputations of the chair and two commissioners, Prof. Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu.
Chebukati was referring to Tuju's claims that the commissioners had visited him to demonstrate their deceitfulness as public servants.
“We were subjected to character assassination by Raphael Tuju who falsely tried to infer ill motive to a visit by the three of us when he was involved in a gruesome road accident that nearly claimed his life. He attempted to take advantage of a benevolent gesture of visiting him in 2021, on his invitation, while recuperating from his injuries to achieve the malicious end of maligning our image before the public,” he said.
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