On Friday, December 2, Kenya’s President William Ruto suspended the four troubled IEBC commissioners.
This was after the National Assembly Justus and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) recommended that IEBC vice chairperson Juliana Cherera, commissioners Francis Wander, Justus Nyang’aya, and Irene Masit remain out of office pending investigations by a tribunal chaired by Justus Aggrey Muchelule.
In a gazette notice on Friday, December 2, the President said their suspension was effective immediately.
“Having received and considered the petition of the National Assembly and in the exercise of the prerogative vested in the Head of State and Government by Article 251 of the Constitution, I do hereby direct as follows:
“That Cherera, Wanderi, Masit, and Nyang’aya, being members of the IEBC, be and are hereby suspended from office with immediate effect,” President Ruto said.
However, speaking during a meeting with Nairobi grassroots leaders on Friday, December 2, Raila took on President Ruto for suspending the four ‘opaque’ commissioners.
The Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party presidential candidate Raila Odinga condemned President Ruto of exhibiting dictatorial traits.
Raila said the suspension of the four breakaway commissioners was not in any way related to the August 9, presidential election adding that it is a conspiracy to rig the 2027 presidential election.
“The tribulations of the commissioners are not about the 2022 elections, but about the 2027 elections,” Raila said.
The former Prime Minister further stated that the Head of State has declared war on the opposition and that he will not sit back and allows the Kenya Kwanza government to remove the four commissioners from office.
“President William Ruto has declared war on us, we are not going to be quiet and watch instead fight back by protesting,” he added.
The four distanced themselves from the presidential results declared by IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati due to what they termed as the ‘opaque nature of the results.