Today, January 17th 2023, marks the retirement day for the chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Wafula Chebukati, alongside two other commissioners Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu.
The trio have been in the commission for the last 6 years, and have been praised and criticized in equal measure as far as the polls are concerned.
The retirement of Chebukati, Guliye and Molu has attracted mixed reactions with leaders from Ruto's camp praising them for being bold and announcing the will of Kenyans, while those in the Azimio Camp criticizing their tenure.
Speaking with K24 TV on Tuesday, Soy Member of Parliament David Kiplagat, and who was among the Kenya Kwanza leaders who were at Bomas on August 15 said that Chebukati deserves honour and respect, and he will be among the political leaders who will crown Chebukati's retirement party.
"IEBC was the most interfered with commission by the state, they tried everything to ensure that the results of the will of the people did not hold, but we credit it to Chebukati for standing his ground. I will give him 100 per cent for work well done."
"I was in Bomas for three days, and things were going well but all of a sudden you could feel interference by the system, and the state powers. We wish him well in his new engagements, and I will be looking for his 'sherehe' at home, it is one that I cannot miss," said the vocal MP.
In the August 9th, 2022 polls, the three stood together with the support of the IEBC CEO Marjan Hussein Marjan after declaring William Ruto as the president-elect, with the others; Juliana Cherera, Justus Nyang'anya, Francis Wanderi and Irene Masit disowning the results.
The latter four argued that there was 'opaqueness' in the last phase before the results were announced, with Chebukati and his team saying that the 4 commissioners wanted the results harmonized to have a run-off or have the Azimio boss Raila Odinga declared the winner.
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