Deputy President William Ruto has asked IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati to tone down on his approach to the upcoming election after the electoral body’s boss remarks on Wednesday.
Through his Twitter page, DP Ruto asked Chebukati to stop issuing directions on how they should carry out their political activities but instead offer direction on how the repeat election will be done.
The DP further stated that Jubilee Party won the August 8 poll contrary to what Supreme Court ruling on September 1st alluded to.
He tweeted: “Chebukati should stop lecturing us and oversee the elections. He is not doing us & we need no favours. Btw we won on 8/8 fair and square.”
Chebukati should stop lecturing us and oversee the elections. He is not doing us & we need no favours. Btw we won on 8/8 fair and square.
— William Samoei Ruto (@WilliamsRuto) October 18, 2017
Kenyans responded to the DP’s tweet with mixed reactions.
A user @calistus_keya said “Close your mouth, read the constitution silently and relax.Kenya is not an anarchy my friend.”
@atanasi_ replied: “Well put my DP. Kenyans must reject democracy saboteurs & Wakora system operatives in IEBC/Judiciary. Swear in Uhuru pap after Oct 26th poll.”
Another one by the handle @BenjiNdolo stated: “Sir, its the anger on these streets that bothers me. Kenyans are so bitter with Jubilee, ask yourself why and all will be well.”
The Chief Justice David Maraga led court ruled that the August 8’s Jubilee victory on the country’s presidency was not legitimate as the process was marred with “illegalities and irregularities“.
The Supreme Court by majority annulled Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in the original poll after his main challenger Raila Odinga of NASA petitioned the results.
Raila stated that the August poll was largely flawed and that Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory was computer generated.
Even after IEBC scheduled for a repeat poll after the court order, the opposition alliance has incessantly called on structural and system reforms at the Commission. They argue that they cannot go into an election with the same officials at the IEBC secretariat suspected to have been party to the bungling of the previous poll.
On October 10, Odinga withdrew his candidature from the set re-run citing lack of goodwill from the electoral commission on NASA’s concerns for a free, fair and credible election.
The political pull and push has seen Commissioner Roselyne Akombe quit office at the Commission. In a statement on Wednesday October 18, Akombe stated that IEBC was not in a position to deliver a credible election next week.
Her resignation sent Chairman Chebukati wild moments later. He warned that the increasingly political discord between Jubilee’s Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA’s Raila Odinga was a threat to credible poll. He called on sobriety among political players as the country prepares to conduct the re-run.