Geoffrey Lang’at responds to claims of being used by UDA to ‘fix the 4 IEBC Commissioners’
By Peter Ochieng
Geoffrey Lang’at has responded to claims of being used President William Samoei Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Party to fix four commissioners at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Lang’at is among the four petitioners pushing for removal of the four commissioners from office christened the ‘Opaque 4’ or the ‘Cherera 4’ over gross misconduct, abuse of office, violation of the constitution and taking sides during the August 09, 2022 presidential contest.
The four are IEBC Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera, Justus Nyang’aya, Irene Masit and Francis Wanderi.
Defending his petition before the National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) on Friday, Lang’at confirmed that he is an ‘ordinary’ member of the UDA party.
He however denied claims of being used by the Party to push for removal of the four polls body officials.
“Like any other Kenyan citizen, I am a member of a political party and specifically UDA. In moving this petition, I am not instructed by UDA or any other agent, I am acting on my own capacity as a citizen who loves the rule of law, who cherishes god governance and democracy,” he stated.
“Therefore my being a member of a political party does not hamper me from proceeding to take an action that is allowed by the constitution.”
The four commissioners disputed President William Ruto’s presidential win, terming the results as opaque.
Lang’at told members of the parliamentary committee that the actions by the commissioners, during and after the presidential election results tallying proved beyond reasonable doubt that they were rooting for Azimio La Umoja candidate, Raila Odinga’s presidential win.
“If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck,” he insisted.
Other petitions against Cherera and her colleagues have been filed by among others Republican Party and Gerry Steve Owuor.
Odinga has urged the four commissioners to boycott the JLAC sittings so as to escape what he termesd as ‘mob justice.’