In August 2022, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati declared William Ruto the fifth president-elect.
Immediately after William Ruto was declared president on Monday, August 15, chaos erupted at the Bomas of Kenya.
This was after the four dissenting commissioners had disowned the results that were announced by Chairman Wafula Chebukati over what they termed as the opaque nature.
But speaking during the launch of the Post-Election Evaluation Report on Monday, January 16, the outgoing IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati confirmed that they feared for their lives.
Chebukati together with IEBC Chief Executive Officer Hussein Marjan and Commissioner Boya Molu were forced to go into hiding.
The chairman affirmed that they went hiding for three days until the political temperature came down.
While making his final remarks, Commissioner Abdi Guliye said they went into “Siberia” in his house.
“After the Bomas announcement of the results, I recall going into “Siberia” in my own country together with Commissioner Boya Molu and CEO Hussein Marjan,” Guliye said.
Guliye further admitted that they send away their security and they all boarded a Toyota Noah to an unknown location.
He said during the three days they were in hiding, they had switched their phones off so that nobody would trace them.
They said they only relied on Television for updates to just check on whether the country was celebrating or they had plunged the country into another post-election violence similar to that of 2007/08.
“We went into hiding, had to put off our phones, leave them in Bomas, send away our security and we rode in a Toyota Noah to an unknown location. Our only contact with Kenya or the world was the TV, just to check whether you were killing each other or you were celebrating,” Guliye stated.
Chebukati declared William Ruto, president-elect after garnering 7.1 million against Raila’s 6.9 million.