Chebukati has announced that he will look into statements made by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, who claimed that votes were rigged in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
During the inauguration of new IEBC CEO Marjan Hussein on Wednesday, March 16, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati stated that the commission was fully aware of Kuria’s remarks.
The head of the electoral commission stated that the outspoken legislator would be summoned following his team’s investigations.
During the UDA’s National Delegates Convention, Gatundu South MP claimed that he and other political leaders now aligned with Deputy President William Ruto assisted Uhuru in “stealing votes” during elections.
Jubilee Vice Chair David Murathe, who appeared on Citizen Tv on Tuesday, March 15, called for Kuria’s remarks to be investigated.
According to Murathe, President Kenyatta ran a well-executed campaign that resulted in their victory at the polls. He went on to say that they are not aware of any vote rigging.
In a similar incident, Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Chege was summoned by the IEBC on February 11, 2022, after making utterances in Vihiga county the day before, implying that the Jubilee Party rigged the 2017 elections in favour of President Kenyatta.
Chege claimed that the polls were stolen and a similar scenario might play out in the August 2022 General Elections.
On the date of the hearing before the IEBC Electoral Code of Conduct enforcement committee, Chege failed to appear after being taken ill.
“The respondent is not in attendance today as she is indisposed and has been admitted to Nairobi Hospital,” said her lawyer, Senior Counsel Otiende Amollo.
On February 21, Chege sued the IEBC saying that it had no grounds to hear her case since she had not submitted any papers indicating that she will vie, neither had she declared her candidature.
She further stated that the commission had a predetermined verdict to block her from participating in the 2022 polls in the event she decides to vie.
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