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‘The guilty are afraid’ Karua fires at Chebukati for snubbing bi-partisan committee

Martha Karua calls out former IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati after refusing to appear before the bi-partisan committee.

This comes after on Thursday Chebukati Former Commissioners Boya Molu, and Abdi Guliye turned down a bi-partisan committee invite.

Karua who has maintained that the August 9, 2022 elections were not free and fair said the IEBC boss failed to show up owing to the feeling of guilt.

“The guilty are afraid,” Karua stated while reacting to a report of Chebukati declining to show up at the bi-partisan committee.

Chebukati on Thursday said he, Former Commissioners Boya Molu and Abdi Guliye opted to keep off the bi-partisan saying the reason they were being invited to the committee was based on issues already determined by the relevant agencies.

Chebukati said appearing before the committee would amount to betraying many IEBC staff who were tortured and others killed for performing their mandate diligently, as such he called for the formation of the commission of inquiry to handle the matter.

“We won’t be appearing before the National Dialogue Committee to discuss issues that have been resolved. With tremendous respect to the Committee, our participation in the talks would be an unmitigated betrayal to the IEBC Staff who were tortured and murdered,” he said.

“Instead a Commission of Inquiry should be formed.”

Meanwhile, former Commissioners led by former vice-chair Juliana Cherera, Francis Wanderi, Justus Nyang’aya, and Irene Masit did appear before the committee to present their submissions.

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Cherera and Masit participated virtually, citing threats and the need to flee the country following their actions.

The “Cherera Four” explained that they resigned from their positions after raising questions about the process that led to the declaration of presidential results. 

Cherera said, “As the Vice-Chair, even today, we stand by our word that we disown the presidential election results… I want to submit that these elections be audited, the servers should be opened, and a forensic audit be conducted. After the audit, let’s move on!”

They rejected the presidential results announced by Chebukati on August 15, 2022, alleging discrepancies and irregularities in the final tallying process.

Wanderi noted that all commissioners were supposed to sign form 34C, which contained a summary of presidential results from all constituencies.

However, this form was not made available to them, and instead, they received a form with a summary of results from all counties.

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