4 ‘opaque’ IEBC Commissioners must go – Miguna

4 ‘opaque’ IEBC Commissioners must go – Miguna

By Peter Ochieng

Members of the National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) on Thursday started hearing petitions seeking the removal of four Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Commissioners from office.

The four christened ‘opaque commissioners’ disputed President William Ruto’s win during the August 09, 2022 polls.

They are IEBC Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera, and Commissioners Irene Masit, Francis Wanderi and Justus Nyang’aya.

They walked out of the Bomas of Kenya (presidential election tallying centre) a few hours before IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati announced presidential results, claiming that the results to be declared by the Chair were ‘opaque.’

Vocal lawyer Miguna Miguna insists that the four must be out of office, as a step towards overhauling IEBC to place it at a stage where it can hold free, fair and credible elections.

“Free, fair and credible elections are the foundations of a democratic country without which chaos, anarchy and autocracy thrives. Kenyans need electoral justice, which is only possible through overhaul of IEBC. The four opaque commissioners must go,” twitted Miguna.

However, Azimio La Umoja leaders led by Raila Odinga, Martha Karua and Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka have vowed not to lower their guard, as far as ensuring the four IEBC staff remain in office is concerned.

They claim President William Ruto’s plan is to push them out of office so that Chebukati remains at the commission beyond his time.

They say with the four out of office, the Chair will have no one to hand over to when his time at the commission comes to an end in January 2023.

Petitions against the four commissioners were filed by the Republican Party, Geoffrey Lang’at, Gerryand  Steve Owuor.

They want them removed from office over various grounds, including gross misconduct, abuse of office, violation of the constitution and taking sides during the August 09, 2022, presidential contest.

Odinga urged the four commissioners not to appear before the JLAC sittings, to escape what he termed as ‘mob justice.’

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