President William Ruto on Wednesday night revealed to journalists details of the August 15 chaos that tore the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission into two factions.
The astonishing details have been published by the Sunday Standard and they present a picture of a foiled plan by State operatives to influence the election process.
The newspaper reports that after it emerged that the IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati was inaccessible for the better part of August 15, the operatives devised another plan to have the Vice-chair Juliana Cherera announce the results.
Cherera was supposed to announce that there was no clear winner, thus necessitating a runoff. To put Chebukati and his like-minded commissioners out of the way, strategically placed officers were to rent gunshots in the air to disperse the audience that included diplomats and international oversight personnel.
Chebukati and the IEBC Chief Executive Officer were to be hurt and forcefully taken to the hospital amidst the chaos. This would have allowed Ms. Cherera to announce the results in her capacity.
However, the officers tasked with firing gunshots developed cold feet after realizing the event was being broadcasted on all local and some international stations live.
Their delay and attempt to find the perfect moment that would not have elicited negative reactions gave them away and the plan failed to materialize.
Chebukati's security had also been enhanced dramatically. The then Deputy President William Ruto dispatched a team of highly trained officers from his security detail to guard the chairman.
However, CEO Marjan Hussein Marjan was hurt and taken to receive medical care.
President Ruto promised to get to the bottom of the chaos by developing a commission of inquiry that would tell Kenyans the truth about what happened.
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