IEBC through its chair Wafula Chebukati has explained the commission’s night meeting at Raphael Tuju’s home.
Former Jubilee secretary general Raphael Tuju has been accused of character assassination by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairperson Wafula Chebukati amid claims that certain commissioners tried to auction votes to him.
On September 15, Chebukati said, during a post-election forum in Mombasa county, that the meeting Tuju was alluding to was an act of generous kindness by Commissioners Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu after the former CS was engaged in a horrific accident.
He claimed that Tuju himself had extended an invitation for the two commissioners to pay him a visit at his residence.
Chebukati further stated that Tuju attempted to sway their participation in the elections on August 9 by using their goodwill gesture during the meeting.
“Apart from the foregoing, the Chairman and Commissioners Prof. Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu were subjected to character assassination by Raphael Tuju who falsely tried to infer ill motive to a visit to him by the three of us when he was involved in a road gruesome road accident that nearly claimed his life.
“He attempted to take advantage of a benevolent gesture of visiting him in 2021, on his own invitation, while recuperating from his injuries to achieve the malicious end of maligning our image before the public,” he stated.
After the disputed August presidential election, Tuju had accused the two IEBC commissioners, Guliye and Molu of auctioning presidential results.
This came after Guliye and Molu filed before the Supreme Court where they alleged that Tuju attempted to influence the outcome of the August 9 polls hours leading to the declaration of the president-elect.
He dared to disclose details of the 2021 meeting even as he stated that he was ready to provide CCTV footage to prove that the commissioners went to his home.
“I want Prof Guliye and Mr. Molu to explain what they came to do in my house, what that discussion was about and the drift of that discussion was more of auctioneers rather than Commissioners.
“I want them to dispute that they did not come to my house. I will make available footage from CCTV cameras installed in my house to the DCI to aid investigations,” he stated then.