Axe Chiloba, Chebukati for Kenyans to regain confidence with IEBC
Thirdway Alliance (TWA) party leader Dr Ekuru Aukot has said the Kenyans can only regain confidence in the IEBC after the electoral body’s officials said to have bungled the August 8 general election have left office.
He specifically pointed that CEO Ezra Chiloba and Chairman Wafula Chebukati bear the heaviest responsibility in the failed poll that necessitated the Supreme Court overturn President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election.
“Any IEBC official culpable must leave office before the repeat election,” he said at a press conference in Nairobi on Friday.
He said Thirdway Alliance will team up with likeminded Kenyans to push for reforms at the IEBC in order for Kenyans to have a free, fair and credible election.
The opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) insists the October 17 repeat presidential poll will not be overseen by the IEBC as currently constituted.
NASA says the electoral body’s officials who bungled the August 8 election must leave office before the repeat election is conducted.
At a press conference on Thursday, Kenya’s largest opposition coalition said: “We are dealing with very thick-skinned and callous leadership at the IEBC that is not moved by the Supreme Court judgement, the unprecedented public outrage, and our attempt to impress upon them the gravity of the misdeeds.”
“IEBC is engaged in a glaring ‘see, hear, speak no evil’ charade that is totally unacceptable to us, and the overwhelming majority of the Kenyan people. In the Commission’s view, picking ‘second tier’ officers who were intimately involved in the scandal of August 8 election constitutes adequate reforms that should make us engage and proceed to elections.”
Ina statement read by NASA campaign chief Musalia Mudavadi NASA said IEBC is attempting to circumvent the illegalities and irregularities it was cited for.
“This is enough evidence that the Commission intends to conduct another sham election. This amounts to further contempt of the court and of the people of Kenya. We will not allow this selective amnesia to stand.”