Ruto ‘mocks’ Raila over Chebukati evidence
By Peter Ochieng
President William Ruto on Monday seemingly mocked Azimio leader, Raila Odinga over claims that he has evidence linking former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati to underhand dealings during the August 2022 electioneering period.
Addressing hundreds of his supporters at Jacaranda grounds, Nairobi, on Sunday, the former Prime Minister said Chebukati and former IEBC Commissioners Professor Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu visited his home to reportedly solicit money from him, in order to declare presidential results in his favour.
“Bwana Chebukati anasema kuna watu ambao walikuwa wanataka kumhonga. Hata wale wenzake Bwana Guliye na Bwana Molu. Nataka niwaulize mlikuja kwangu kufanya nini? Waliniomba nini? Niko na picha yao wakicheza nitatoa,” Odinga said.
It translates to, “Mr. Chebukati says there are people who wanted to bribe him alongside his colleagues Guliye and Molu.
I want to ask them, what did you come to do in my house? What did they ask me for? I have their photos, if they joke around and will expose them.”
In response to Odinga, President Ruto speaking during the Conference of the African Prosecutors’ Association (APA) in Mombasa, wondered why the Azimio leader is raising bribery claims five months after the polls.
“It begs the question, you had the opportunity to bring up this evidence of alleged bribery before seven judges of the Supreme Court you did not. You have instead chosen to take this big announcement to a political rally,” he said.
IEBC declared Ruto the winner of the August 9th presidential contest, with 7.1 million votes, against Odinga’s 6.9.
He petitioned Ruto’s win at the Supreme Court but lost the case. Odinga claims he won the presidential race with over 8 million votes, against Ruto’s less than 6 million.
The ODM party leader has declared that he does not recognise Ruto as president of Kenya, challenging him to resign.