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IEBC boss Chebukati Shocks Raila in Change of Tune: Is He Working For DP Ruto?

by Robert Mwangi
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Just months ago, Deputy President William Ruto said he did not care about who will be overseeing the 2022 General Election because he was assured of victory to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

So sanguine he was that he even proposed that ODM leader Raila Odinga’s elder brother Oburu Oginga head the electoral commission.

However, recently the DP and his allies conceded that seeking the presidency is no child play.

As a result, they started attacking cabinet secretaries who were openly marketing Raila, who is the DP’s main presidential challenger in next year’s State House contest.

The Tangatanga group was particularly unhappy with Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and his ICT counterpart Joe Mucheru. Matiang’i will provide security during the election while Mucheru will deal with technology, which is key for transmission of presidential results.

Dr. Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Secretary-General Veronica Maina wrote the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), protesting the involvement of the two in presidential competition and calling they be removed from the team that is preparing the poll.

In his reply, IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati warned the ministers, citing that Section 23 of the Leadership and Integrity Act bars them from taking a political position.

“There is need for all State officers and public officers to uphold political neutrality,” he said.

But here is what has rattled the former Prime Minister’s camp. In the run-up to the 2017 General Election, the opposition had similar grievances.

Coincidentally, there were not up in arms against Matiang’i and asked the electoral agency to stop him from politicking.

At the time, Chebukati told off the opposition chief and his team, saying that the Leadership and Integrity Act allows cabinet secretaries to engage in politics.

What has changed now yet the Act has never been amended?

The Act states that: “An appointed State officer, other than a Cabinet Secretary or a member of the County executive committee shall not (a) act as an agent for, or further the interests of a political party or candidate in an election; or (b) manifest support for or opposition to any political party or a candidate in an election…”

So, which law is Chebukati reading or interpreting?

Backers of the ODM leader are now demanding the resignation of Chebukati, whom they say is contradicting himself big time yet he is a lawyer.

They argue that the IEBC boss is a secret supporter of the DP and should leave the position so that a neutral person can occupy it.

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