Olekina’s message to government over removal of four IEBC commissioners

Olekina’s message to government over removal of four IEBC commissioners

By Joshua Cheloti

Narok Senator Ledama Olekina has sent out a warning message to politicians allied with the government even as they support the ongoing bid to eject from office four IEBC commissioners.

The bid to eject the four has already started bearing fruits, with two of them having resigned.

But even as the other two ponder on whether to face a tribunal and take their chances or also resign, the Senate deputy minority whip has reminded those smiling at the embattled IEBC commissioners that power is not permanent.

On a day that IEBC Vice chair Juliana Cherera resigned from office, Olekina warned that the current happenings might come back, in the future, to haunt those pushing it.

He, however, sarcastically, asked them to celebrate as much as they can.

“Leaders must learn from history that power is not permanent it is transient! So today punish the IEBC official as much as you can or desire -: celebrate in fact toast to your success! but tomorrow is coming and you to will cry … glands above your eyes will be at work!” Olekina tweeted.

The four IEBC commissioners have been accused of gross misconduct and abuse of office for their decision to reject results announced by chairperson Wafula Chebukati.

President William Ruto last week formed a tribunal to investigate them after Parliament approved a report by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee that recommended their suspicion and investigation by a tribunal.

The tribunal will be chaired by High Court Judge Aggrey Muchelule.

Aside from Cherera and Justus Nyang’aya who have since resigned, other commissioners facing the sack are Irene Masit and Francis Wanderi.

Their removal from office has been the basis on which the opposition recently announced that they will be holding ‘public consultations’ with Kenyans, in what former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has said will provide a platform to brainstorm on the direction the country is taking.

The first two consultations are scheduled for December 7, and 12th at Kamukunji Grounds in Nairobi.

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