Wafula Chebukati was Ruto's point man - Miguna Miguna

IEBC chairman Mr Wafula Chebukati was once in Raila Odinga's ODM party but lost a seat in the elections.

Making reference to the statement read by Mr Chebukati hours after the resignation Dr Roselyn Akombe, Dr Miguna alluded to it that Mr Chebukati “would instead be in the commission to advance Mr Ruto’s political agenda.”

Just before he was ‘banned’ on NTV’s SideBar on Wednesday night, Dr Miguna, in a heated debate told a panel of a live televised broadcast that Mr Ruto planted Mr Chebukati in Raila Odinga’s ODM party in the run up to the 2007 elections.

The avid legal expert revealed that Mr Ruto’s plans were quashed as the IEBC chair failed to woo voters in the Trans Nzoia and also that he failed to beat his rival in the party primaries.

“Chebukati was actually William Ruto’s candidate, who was defeated in the nominations. He did not come through the so called Raila faction, he came from the William Ruto faction,” Miguna revealed.

He added: “So when he was hired at the commission, we expected that he came with the blessing of William Ruto, and so he would probably advance his agenda.”

On Wednesday, hours after the resignation of Commissioner Roselyn Akombe, Mr Chebukati expressed disquiet in the massive political interference at the commission, a move which has rendered the critical commission dysfunctional.

“As a referee I want to issue a stern warning to the players in this game on all sides that they should stop all attempts to interfere with the process. Let me and my commission do our job and we shall deliver. Interfere as you have been doing and we get stuck as a country,” Mr Chebukati told presidential candidates Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta, in a press conference in Nairobi’s Bomas of Kenya.

Dr Akombe, who had fled Kenya, quipped in her resignation letter that the commission in its current state cannot deliver a credible elections, only six days away. She is said to have asked Mr Chebukati tough questions ahead of her resignation in a leaked memo.

She wanted the secretariat at the commission’s Anniversary Towers sacked as a way to boost confidence. She also revealed that a senior commissioner at the IEBC threatened to physically assault her, if “she kept questioning the running of the commission.”

Reports indicate Chebukati did not respond to the leaked memo dated October 9. The hopes of a repeat poll slated for next week have become slimmer by the day.


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