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Chebukati, Cherara Refuse to Look at Each Other in First Meeting After Split

by Robert Mwangi
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It was an awkward moment when Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati and his deputy Juliana Cherara met today, 22nd August.

This was the first time the two appeared in public together a week after they went separate ways over the outcome of the presidential election.

On Monday, 15th August, barely an hour before Chebukati declared William Ruto as the President-elect, Cherara and three other commissioners dramatically walked out of Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi – the nation tallying centre – and addressed a press conference at Serena Hotel.

Cherara, Francis Wanderi, Irene Masit and Justus Nyang’aya alleged that Chebukati had cooked the results in favour DP Ruto.

However, the split did not not stop Chebukati from announcing Ruto as the winner of the presidential race.

He said that, as the presidential election returning officer, he had a constitutional duty to announce the winner.

According to the dissenting commissioners, Chebukati ran a one-man show before announcing unverified results.

Today, the two were forced to reunite as the commission set new dates for gubernatorial elections in Kakamega and Mombasa counties. In the meeting, all the commissioners were present, including Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu. Tension was evident, with Chebukati and Cherara refusing to have eye contact despite sitting next to each other

The postponed governorship elections will be conducted on 29th August.

Coincidentally, today, Azimio la Umoja led by its leader Raila Odinga, filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the presidential outcome.

Raila and his team, including running mate Martha Karua and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, arrived at the apex court with a truck loaded with materials they have gathered to argue their case.

The main grounds Azimio will pursue include discrepancies in the results announced in Ruto’s bastions, manipulation of Form 34As and failure by the IEBC to account for spoilt votes.

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