Kenyans abroad urge IG Mutyambai to investigate Chebukati’s claims on intimidation

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 16 Aug, 2022 11:34 | 3 mins read
expressed shock on the revelation that Chebukati and his junior officers faced intimidation and harassment while on duty
IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati at a past press conference. PHOTO/IEBC/Twitter

Kenyans living abroad are calling upon the Inspector General of Police, Hillary Mutyambai, to investigate the electoral commission chair Wafula Chebukati's claims on incidents of intimidation, harassment, violence, profiling, and disappearance of key electoral officials before the declaration of Presidential results on Monday.

They are also demanding the probe to be concluded within the next 14 days, failure to which they will take the necessary legal action.

In a statement, the Kenyans in the United Kingdom led by Sebastian Onyango expressed shock at the revelation that Chebukati and his junior officers faced intimidation and harassment while on duty.

"We call upon the Inspector General of Police, Hillary Mutyambai, to investigate these complaints and bring the perpetrators of these heinous crimes, including the organisers, to book within the next 14 days," the statement reads in parts.

Onyango further stated that Kenyans in the diaspora will be monitoring the situation to take legal steps towards protecting any Kenyan in danger for fulfilling their constitutional duty.

Chebukati, while releasing the final presidential poll results at the Bomas of Kenya Monday made it public that two IEBC commissioners including the Chief Executive had been injured in the line of duty.

“Right now two of my commissioners and the CEO are injured and being treated. We have staff who have been profiled and others have been arbitrarily arrested,” the commission’s chair said.

IEBC also noted that an Embakasi East Returning Officer identified as Daniel Musyoka went missing on Thursday, while on duty at the East African School of Aviation tallying center.

The diaspora Kenya further stated that the Inspector General of Police must demonstrate competence, desist from the negligence of duty, and uphold his oath of office and responsibility to the people of Kenya who pay his wages.

"The job of maintaining law and order and the security of every Kenyan remains the responsibility of the Inspector general and his officers. It is a noble and sacred duty that the inspector general cannot relegate or delegate and watch as hooligans embark on a reign of terror to subvert the will of the people of Kenya. No Kenyan should die because their candidate has lost or won an election or because they have been an election official." he stated.

"We want to offer our support and encouragement to the affected electoral officials and their families, and to urge them not to be cowed by these cowardly and shadowy bodies whose brief is to undermine the sovereign will of the people of Kenya by attempting to sabotage our collective ability to decide on who should govern our country," the statement read in part.

They further called on all Kenyans to stand with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for taking all practical steps to ensure that the 2022 elections have been conducted freely, fairly,independently and that the results are verifiable as directed by the Supreme Court.

However, diaspora Kenyans have also showered their congratulatory message on the incoming fifth head of state and his running mate.

"We take this chance to congratulate His Excellencies, Dr William Samoie Ruto and his running mate Rigathi Gachagua, on the occasion of winning the presidential race and all the winners and losers for offering the electorate a chance to make decision about their governance."

"We wish all winners success and all the best and urge that as they take office, they purpose to make all decisions with the best interest of the people of Kenya at heart and no one else." they say.

Further. they have urged losers who are dissatisfied with the outcome to file petitions in court as provided for by law.

"We urge all supporters to recognise that we can only have one government and that in any competition it is always going to lead to losers and winners and both support the advancement of democracy," Onyango said.

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