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Boycott Parliament Summons, Azimio La Umoja Leader Raila Odinga Urge Cherera Four

Raila Odinga, the leader of Azimio la Umoja, has requested that the four IEBC commissioners who disagreed with the outcome of the presidential election on August 9 abstain from appearing in front of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) for a hearing on four petitions brought against them.

The issues the four are currently facing—IEBC Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera, commissioners Irine Masit, Justus Nyangaya, and Francis Wanderi, in Mr. Odinga's opinion, a part of the current administration's strategy to sway the 2027 elections.

"This investigation is politically motivated; it is part of Ruto's witch-hunt objective. In the interest of constitutionality and the rule of law, we advise the commissioners to boycott it", according to Odinga.

The Ruto government, according to him, is keen to replace the four commissioners with individuals who will support their success in the elections of 2027.

The former prime minister charged in the same speech that the two Houses of Parliament had taken part in the alleged takeover of Kenya's election body.

He said on Thursday, accompanied by Martha Karua and Makau Mutua, "We call on two houses of Parliament to stay steadfast and not to be part of what is happening."

"By calling these commissioners, Parliament is assuming the function of a tribunal; they are attempting to sway the outcome of any tribunal that might be established. The only function of Parliament must be to call the commissioners and determine whether the problems being addressed require the creation of a tribunal".

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