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Betrayal Looms At IEBC As Chiloba Chebukati Turn On Each Other


[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he electoral commission on Friday said it was ready to hold a fresh presidential election in 60 days following the Supreme Court judgment.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati also promised to make far-reaching changes to its secretariat and systems.

He however insisted that the IEBC is the only agency mandated by law to organise and run elections.

He was reacting to a demand by National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga for major changes to be made in the leadership of the commission.

Mr Odinga said the opposition coalition had no faith in the team as currently constituted.

“I am confident that we can deliver the election in 60 days.

“The court directed the IEBC to run the election. This is the only institution that can do that,” Mr Chebukati said during a press conference at Anniversary Towers in Nairobi on Friday.

He further said he would not resign from his position because the Supreme Court verdict had not made any indictment against him personally.

He said from his hearing of the judgment delivered on Friday, he had no reason to resign.

Mr Chebukati said he is awaiting the full judgment to understand the errors the court identified.

The Supreme Court promised to give its full judgment in 21 days.

“In that judgment, there are certain things they will say about errors that happened in the last election and those responsible should take responsibility,” Mr Chebukati said.

He asked the Director of Public Prosecutions to order investigations with a view to prosecuting those culpable.

“The commission notes the three grounds used by the Supreme Court to reach its majority decision to annul the presidential result.

“We particularly note the focus of the decision is in the transmission of the presidential results.

“This therefore means that there were no aspersions cast on the voting and counting of votes and that the sovereign will of the Kenyan people was fully respected in this respect,” Mr Chebukati said. Daily Nation

On his rebuttal, the IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba stood ground claiming Chebukati should bear the cross alone instead of pointing fingers at his subordinates.

“My attention has been drawn into the blame game set in by the Chair. It’s absolutely ridiculous for the IEBC Chair, to come out publicly on a live teli, narrating to Kenyans how clean he’s with regards to the election malpractices pointed out by the Supreme Court. He has swiftly moved to drop the heavy yoke of the electoral rot in my office. He claims that he only walked into the office barely 7 months to elections and that during the reconditioning of IEBC, the overhaul process did not extend to the secretariat which I currently head.

Now allow me to make myself clear: As far as my duty is concerned, I do not in any way whatsoever, related to any function(s) of coordinating the elections in this country. My role per se, is logistical in nature. I only ensure that all the election materials and equipment are available before the onset of poll. To this extent, according to my understanding, was done aptly and satisfactorily.

It is very absurd and inimical that after the elections were bungled by officers sitting in the office of the Chair, then someone ,who according to me, had exclusive powers to make things run as anticipated, blatantly come out in the open to censure my office. Let each and every person carry his or her own cross. Yes, the cross appears heavy, but if it belongs to you single hundedly, it is only fair not to drop it for someone else.

Ezra Chiloba

The next 60 days would be interesting to find out the first to spill the beans on the rigging scheme they developed for Uhuru.

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