Guliye, Chebukati throw Cherera under the bus in damning statements

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Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Vice-Chairman Juliana Cherera has been accused of condoning attempts to undermine voters’ will in the just-concluded Aug. 9 polls that saw Vice-President William Ruto as president. -elect was proclaimed.

In separate affidavits filed before the Supreme Court on August 27, IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati and commissioner Abdi Guliye noted that Cherera had asked the electoral body boss to moderate the results in favor of a runoff.

Guliye stated that Cherera asked the commissioners to subtract votes from Ruto’s counts and add them to the rejected votes.

From left to right: IEBC Vice Chair Juliana Cherera, Commissioner Abdi Guliye and Chair Wafula Chebukati at the Bomas of Kenya on Monday, August 8, 2022.

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He explained that the move would bring the country back to the polls, as none of the four presidential candidates would have met the 50 percent plus one vote requirement.

The commissioner added that Cherera made the request after a team from Azimio la Umoja led by executive director, Rapahel Tuju, and former Busia senator, Amos Wako, made similar requests.

In addition, he said they had received a delegation from the National Security Advisory Council (NSAC) explaining that a Ruto victory would have plunged the country into chaos.

Guliye added that Chebukati, Commissioner Boya Mulu and himself rejected Cherera’s request and supported by other dissenting commissioners.

“CEO Marjan (Hussein Marjan) walked into the boardroom with the final results and handed a copy of the results to each commissioner. A debate ensued. Four commissioners Cherera and commissioners Justus Nyang’aya, Irene Masit and Francis Wanderi protested and urged indicated that the results should be amended in light of the NSAC Delegation’s communication.

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Cherera suggested that the margin is not too large and can be manipulated by moving 233,211 votes from Hon. Ruto into the rejected ballot category. When it was my turn to speak, I told the commissioners that I would not be a party to a plan of sabotage at the will of the people,” Guliye stated.

For his part, Chebukati echoed Guliye’s revelations when he added that his deputy’s actions violated the mandate given to them in the constitution.

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“I have performed my duties within the narrow parameters of my duties as determined by the Constitution and the law. It is not true that I have acted ‘individually’ or ‘contrary to Article 138 of the Constitution,’ Chebukati stated in his statement. declaration under oath.

Earlier in her affidavit, Cherera had accused Chebukati of acting in isolation and of not involving them in the verification process that led to Ruto’s declaration as president-elect.

From left to right: Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Paul Mwangi and elected governor of Siaya James Orengo at the Registry of the Supreme Court on Aug. 23, 2022.

From left to right: Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Paul Mwangi and elected governor of Siaya James Orengo at the Registry of the Supreme Court on Aug. 23, 2022.

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