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Ruto’s glorification of Chebukati sounds suspect; analyst

Ruto’s glorification of Chebukati sounds suspect and very unusual according to Political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi.

Mutahi Ngunyi has expressed concern over President William Ruto’s recent glorification of former IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati. 

Mr. Nguyi claimed in a statement on January 18 that it is odd that President Ruto has been occasionally praising Wafula Chebukati.

“This glorification of Chebukati by Ruto is beginning to sound suspect. It is on steroids in an unusual way,” Ngunyi said.

Mutahi Ngunyi appeared to be reading from the same script as Jubilee secretary general Jeremiah Kioni, who said on Tuesday that Ruto was trying to cover up the truth by sanitizing a defective electoral process.

“Whatever kept him in office until the 17th of January can only be a cover-up of misdeeds while he was the chair.

“The President cannot be sitting there and making allegations like a pedestrian. He has the instruments of power. He has to shape up,” Kioni said.

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President Ruto had on Tuesday claimed that there was a plot to kidnap and murder the retired IEBC chairman during the 2022 general election.

“We all know there was a direct attempt to abduct Wafula Chebukati and murder him so that the commission would be paralyzed or a compliant commission takes over and subvert the people’s sovereignty,” Ruto said.

He went further and showered praise on Chebukati and commissioners Abdi Guliye, Boya Molu, and CEO Hussein Marjan for turning down significant sums of money they were offered to alter the outcome of the election.

“It was a hard, cold, and lonely time, the threats were dire, the promised rewards lavish and the pressure relentless.

“We salute with great admiration the steadfastness, integrity, and leadership through example that Wafula Chebukati provided at the IEBC,” Ruto said.

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