Chebukati threatens to sue Raila
By Peter Ochieng
Former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wanyonyi Wafula Chebukati has come out guns blazing.
The former IEBC boss has written a demand letter to Azimio La Umoja One Kenya leader, Raila Odinga, days after the opposition chief claimed that Chebukati and former IEBC commissioners Boya Molu and Professor Abdi Guliye went to his house during the 2022 electioneering period, perhaps to solicit for money from him, to probably favour him in the presidential contest.
Odinga made the allegations on Sunday while addressing hundreds of his supporters at the Jacaranda grounds, in Nairobi, adding that he has photo evidence of Chebukati’s visit to his house.
In a rejoinder, Chebukati denied ever going to Odinga’s house or meeting him during the electioneering period.
Through a demand letter from Saroni and Stevens Advocates, he said he reacted to Odinga’s claims with shock.
“Our client reacted with shock and consternation at your allegation – which you know too well to be false and malicious. Our client is aggrieved that the said allegation has the unconstitutional purpose and effect of lowering his dignity and injuring his reputation among the right-minded persons in society,” sections of the letter read.
Chebukati demanded that Odinga releases video footage and photos of the said meeting within seven days, failure to which they will meet in court.
“Kindly take notice that if we do not receive the video footage demanded herein above within the demand period, we shall be constrained to institute appropriate adverse but lawful proceedings against you,” added the letter.
Odinga has severally stated that President William Ruto is in office illegally, after reportedly being rigged into office by Chebukati, Guliye, Molu and IEBC Chief Executive Officer Marjan Hussein Marjan.
By the time of going to press, Odinga had not responded to Chebukati’s demand letter.
The ODM party supremo is currently out of the country. He is expected to come back in time for yet another Azimio consultation meeting in Nairobi on Sunday.