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"Ruto Did Not Petition Against 'Cherera 4,' CS Aisha Jumwa Defends The President in-front of Raila

Public Service and Gender Cabinet Secretary Aisha Jumwa has come out to defend President William Ruto against criticism from the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Alliance camp led by Raila Odinga over the removal of 4 IEBC Commissioners.

Raila was opposed to the ouster of the 4; Juliana Cherera, Irene Masit, Justus Nyang'aya and Francis Wanderi after they distanced themselves from Ruto's win.

The 4 failed to honour summons by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee to respond to 4 petitions that sought their ouster, with the National Assembly endorsing the committee report that called upon the president to suspend them, and appoint a tribunal to probe them.

The Orange Democratic Movement boss has been claiming that the president is behind the move to remove the 4, but the CS while speaking during a thanksgiving service in Kilifi where Raila was in attendance, said that the president did not table any petition before JLAC.

She went on to say that the process of kicking out the commissioners followed the stipulated guidelines, and the 4 failed to appear before the committee to defend themselves.

"I want to respond to those saying that Ruto want to kick out Cherera. The parliament is an independent institution with its own rules. Any Kenyan has the right to table a petition, and the parliament through his committee take action."

"JLAC did its work on petitions which were not submitted by President Ruto. Parliament did its work, and proposed formation of a tribunal after which it will forward a report for the president to make a decision."

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Irene Masit JLAC Justice and Legal Affairs Kilifi National Assembly


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