The chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Wafula Chebukati, and two other commissioners, Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu, are all leaving their jobs today, January 17, 2023.
The three have been on the commission for the past six years. When it comes to polls, they have been both praised and criticized.
Chebukati, Guliye, and Molu's decisions to retire have been met with mixed reactions. Leaders from Ruto's camp have praised them for being brave and telling Kenyans what they want, while those in the Azimio camp have criticized their time in office.
Soy Member of Parliament David Kiplagat, who was at Bomas on August 15 with other Kenya Kwanza leaders, told K24 TV on Tuesday that Chebukati deserves honor and respect. He will be one of the political leaders who crown Chebukati's retirement party.
"IEBC was the commission that the government tried to control the most." They did everything they could to make sure that the people's vote didn't count, but Chebukati stood his ground. "I will give him a perfect score because he did a good job."
"I was in Bomas for three days, and things were going well. All of a sudden, though, you could feel the system and state powers getting in the way. We wish him luck in his new jobs, and I'll be looking for his "sherehe" at home because it's one I can't miss," the loud MP said.
In the elections on August 9, 2022, William Ruto was named president-elect. Juliana Cherera, Justus Nyang'anya, Francis Wanderi, and Irene Masit did not agree with the results. The IEBC CEO, Marjan Hussein Marjan, stood with the three of them.
The last four said that there was "opacity" in the last phase before the results were announced. Chebukati and his team said that the four commissioners wanted the results to be coordinated so that there would be a run-off or that Raila Odinga, the leader of the Azimio party, would be declared the winner.
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