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Why Former IEBC chair Chebukati declined to appear before bipartisan committee

Former IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati declines an invitation to appear before the bipartisan committee hearing.

Former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati and former commissioners Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu have declined an invitation to appear before the National Dialogue Committee (NADCO).

In a statement on Thursday, Chebukati said that he won’t appear before the National Dialogue Committee (NDC) after the team invited him, terming issues on the 2022 general election a closed case.

In addition, the former IEBC chair affirmed that appearing before the committee would be tantamount to betraying the IEBC staff who were tortured and murdered during the election period.

“Prof Abdi Guliye Molu Boya & I won’t be appearing before the National Dialogue Committee to discuss issues that have been resolved. To participate would be to betray IEBC staff who were tortured & murdered & a reward for impunity,” he stated.

At the same time, Chebukati called for the formation of a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the events that took place in the Bomas of Kenya on 15 August 2022.

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“The discharge of our constitutional and legal mandate as detailed above is self-evincing. It is our fervent hope that in due course, a Commission of Inquiry will be set up to investigate the unfortunate incidences of August 15, 2022, at Bomas of Kenya which brought the image of our country into disrepute.”

Chebukati insisted that the Commission of Inquiry should investigate why some of the Commission’s staff were abducted, tortured or killed during the election period.

Alluding to this, he said that the persons responsible should face the full force of the law.

“The outcome of such an Inquiry will bolster the independence of the Commission (IEBC) and ensure that it maintains the stature contemplated in the Constitution of Kenya,” he noted.

NADCO had on Monday invited Chebukati together with former commissioners Guliye and Molu to make submissions on the conduct of the 2022 elections. 

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