The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is now set to probe Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria over remarks he made on Tuesday alleging that there was vote-rigging in the last General Election.
IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati said the commission was committed to investigating the sentiments made by the lawmaker during United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party’s NDC at Kasarani.
In a statement on Wednesday, Chebukati said that if the utterances are found offensive, IEBC would summon the Chama Cha Kazi (CCK) party leader as mandated by the constitution.
“The Commission will proceed and take action on Moses Kuria in terms of the law, our teams will investigate and if the wordings he said are confirmed and found offensive then we will proceed and summon him,” Chebukati said.
Chebukati defended the commission’s hesitation with the summoning saying that due process had to be followed before taking any action against the legislator.
“Of course, we heard what he said but he has his right to defend himself. We also need to collect the evidence before we summon him,” he explained.
Kuria on Tuesday faulted President Kenyatta accusing him of sidelining DP Ruto and his allies despite being the team that propelled him to clinch the top seat under the Jubilee coalition in 2013 and 2017.
“Kuna wengine wanasema ati kura ya mlima itagawanywa; mheshimiwa Ann Waiguru, Rigathi Gachagua, Muthomi Njuki, Kimani Ichung’wa, Senator Linturi, Alice Wahome, Faith Gitau, Kimani wa Matangi…Sisi ndio tulikuwa tukishikilia Uhuru kura, na sisi ndio tulikuwa tunamuibia kura,” Kuria stated.
Since his controversial remarks, leaders allied to the Azimio la Umoja faction have called on the commission to summon Kuria the same way they summoned Murang’a Woman Rep Sabina Chege.
Jubilee party Vice-Chairman David Murathe in an interview with Citizen TV said the IEBC was obligated to summon Kuria to shed some light on the election malpractice claims.
“Moses’ case was specific since he said the people who rig are here and he has some explaining to do to the IEBC about how they rigged,” Murathe stated.