Raging war at the electoral agency as Raila fires warning to IEBC CEO Marjan Hussein

Raila fires warning to IEBC CEO Marjan Hussein amid the ongoing house war over the August presidential results.

Fresh details have emerged of a scheme to have the four dissenting IEBC commissioners exit office alongside the retiring commissioners.

This comes amid an in-house war between the Chebukati-led group and the four commissioners led by vice chair Juliana Cherera.

Next month, Wafula Chebukati and commissioners Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu will begin a three-month terminal leave before retiring their positions on January 18.

With their departure, vice-chair Juliana Cherera, commissioners Irene Masit, Francis Wanderi, and Justus Nyang’aya would essentially take over management of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

According to a publication on Daily Nation, there’s the existence of a coordinated scheme by both internal and external forces to have the four out of the commission before IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati and his team officially exit.

Some interested parties are said to be pushing Chebukati and his team not to proceed on leave until the four are kicked out. 

However, Azimio leader Raila Odinga has fired a warning to the commission against the planned purge.

Raila has already threatened to initiate disbandment of the entire commission should any of the targeted officials be fired. 

“We know he (Chebukati) is now trying to do what he calls reforms at IEBC. All those officers who resisted the temptation are now being targeted. Mr. Marjan, try to do what you call perjury and you will go home just like your predecessor,” said Mr. Odinga.

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Raila said the coalition will do everything to protect the commissioners who stood firm in their quest for a free and credible election.

Already, Farmers Party had filed a petition in Parliament to execute the ouster plan.

In an ongoing Post-Evaluation and Boundaries Workshop in Mombasa, the staff of the commission heckled the four commissioners in a scheme aimed at setting them up against the staff.

The chairman is said to have accused the four of exposing other staff to intimidation and harassment by security agencies.

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