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Ruto orders probe into August 2022 presidential poll

Ruto allies demand a commission of inquiry formed to probe the intrigues of the August 2022 presidential poll.

Following the conclusion of the tribunal’s hearings into the actions of four election commissioners, President William Ruto’s camp now wants a commission of inquiry established to audit the presidential election in August 2022.

President-aligned leaders want the investigation to look into the circumstances surrounding the announcement of the results, the disagreements within the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the alleged “reluctance of police” to deal with the chaos in Bomas, the directives that resulted in senior security officials visiting the national tallying center, and their anticipated role.

The August 15 declaration of Ruto as the winner of the poll was marred by chaos at the national tallying centre in Bomas, as well as a surprise press conference by four IEBC officials, now under probe by a tribunal for disowning the results declared by polls chief Wafula Chebukati, at the last minute.

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According to a publication by Daily Nation, Ruto’s allies have intimated that there is a plan to form a commission of inquiry immediately after the tribunal chaired by Justice Aggrey Muchelule concludes its work.

“Boss (Ruto) had to donate his bodyguards to Chebukati after those goons attempted to kidnap him and there were calls to the IEBC chairperson from a very senior government official then. That is why a commission of inquiry will look into all this. The Cabinet will decide on the scope and when the commission will be constituted,” said a source in Ruto’s inner circle.

Deputy Majority Leader in the National Assembly Owen Baya also confirmed the commission of inquiry plot, terming it necessary. 

“We have to know what happened. Kenyans have a right to know what happened so that no other person drags this country down the same path. What happened would have burned this country. Yes, we are ready for a commission of inquiry,” he said.

In addition, Azimio, through nominated MP John Mbadi, has already sponsored a motion seeking the formation of a select committee to investigate the August 9 elections.

Mbadi says the August election was mired in the dysfunctionality of the IEBC, which saw the commission fail to agree on the validity of presidential election results.

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