Going by the incriminating petitions, it is imperative that the conduct of the IEBC chair in tilting the election results in favour of a preferred candidate be put under a microscope. The truth must come out.

After all, Chebukati engineered what was, for all intents and purposes, a civilian coup d’etat.

The rigging claims against the IEBC chair are not far-fetched. The chronology of events leading to the bungled elections and subsequent declaration taints his character and leadership ability to the core.

He failed miserably on both fronts
Chebukati’s character was put to a severe test in the nullified 2017 elections, but Kenyans turned him a blind eye, only for his mischief to rear its ugly head in 2022.

The first red flag was the sudden resignation of commissioners Connie Nkatha Maina (Vice-Chair), Paul Kurgat and Margaret Mwachanya, who accused Chebukati of failing to offer leadership.

Just like CEO Ezra Chiloba was unceremoniously fired, Chebukati has been on a mission to split the commission to meet personal aggrandising ends by besmirching the integrity of IEBC.

The split in the commission in which the majority, led by vice chairperson Juliana Cherera, Irene Masit, Francis Wanderi and Justus Nyang’anya didn’t take ownership of the presidential results, was long overdue.

The four commissioners, whom Chebukati treated as Johnny-come-late lies following their appointments in September 2021, virtually said they were turned into marionettes by Chebukati.

Initially, they complained of being sidelined in key decision-making.

Four IEBC commissioners sideline
Case in point, it took long before they were served with the audit report by KPMG on the voter register.

Source: Tuko

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