Few hours after the Farmer's Party, an affiliate political party, under President-Elect William Ruto's Kenya Kwanza Alliance, petitioned against 4 Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commissioner over their conduct during the announcement of the August 9th presidential results, Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has lauded the move.
The commissioners led by the Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera, Justus Nyanga'ya, Irene Masit and Francis Wanderi had disowned the results announced by the IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati on August 15th, but 'supported' the IEBC after the Supreme Court on Monday this week ruled in favour of the poll agency and Ruto's win.
Taking to his Twitter account on Friday, Balala argued that the people serving in the government should be keen, and those who portray impunity ought to face the rule of law.
"Impunity must be dealt with or otherwise it will return to haunt us. The people who almost caused blood shed on the night of the IEBC result announcement... the likes of team Cherera must be brought to book . It is not vengeance but order in the public interest," he tweeted.
Balala was responding to remarks from Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen who had criticized Jerome Ochieng, Principal Secretary State Department for ICT and Innovation over his message concerning pictures of Ruto and other leaders allied to the Kenya Kwanza Alliance.
The soft-spoken CS has been mum during the campaigns on political issues contrary to a number of his colleagues led by Fred Matiangi, Eugene Wamalwa and Joe Mucheru, and since Ruto was declared as the president-elect, Balala has been on the fore-front of congratulating him.
Other leaders who have supported the move to have the 4 commissioners kicked out of office are the Ekuru Aukot and Garissa Township MP Aden Duale among others.
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