Kenya’s President William Ruto on Monday, December 12, awarded IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati with state commendation.
The outgoing IEBC chairman was awarded the Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart (EGH), the highest civilian honor in Kenya due to the distinguished and outstanding services he rendered to the nation.
Others who were awarded include IEBC commissioners Abdi Guyliye and Boya Molu who strongly endorsed William Ruto’s presidential win in the hotly contested August 9, presidential election.
On Tuesday, December 13, Chebukati’s son Emmanuel Chebukati congratulated his dad for bagging the presidential award during the 59th Jamhuri Day celebrations at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.
In a statement, Chebukati’s won said his father deserved the award after being at the helm of the electoral body.
“Wafula Chebukati was awarded the Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart, the highest civilian honor in Kenya. After 6 years at the helm of Kenya’s electoral body, his is a story of blood, toil, and sweat to do the right thing at all costs. Well-deserved das” he said in a Tweet.
Chebukati, who succeeded Isaac Hassan in January 2017 has overseen three presidential elections.
On Monday, August 15, Chebukati declared UDA presidential candidate William Ruto as the fifth President-elect despite the push and pull between him and the four break-away commissioners led by IEBC vice-chairman Juliana Cherera.
During his inauguration on Tuesday, September 13, President William Ruto praised Chebukati and the two commissioners for upholding integrity and accountability in Kenya’s election.
Ruto commended Chebukati for stewarding a transparent and credible election, whose results faithfully reflected the democratic will of the Kenyan people.
“It is appropriate to single out for special mention the chairman of IEBC Wafula Chebukati for standing firm, resisting bribery, resisting intimidation and resisting blackmail, and doing the right thing,” President Ruto said.