Raila threatens to expose Chebukati Three over “secret visit” to his house

By , K24 Digital
On Sun, 29 Jan, 2023 17:28 | 3 mins read
Raila threatens to expose Chebukati Three over "secret visit" to his house
Azimio leader Raila Odinga addresses rally at Jacaranda Grounds. PHOTO/Courtesy

Azimio la Umoja - One Kenya coalition leader Raila Odinga has threatened to expose outgoing IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati and two other commissioners over alleged underhand dealings during the last general election.

Speaking during a rally at Jacaranda Grounds in Nairobi on Sunday, January 29, Raila claimed that the outgoing Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) boss, commissioners Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu paid him a secret visit at his home during the electioneering period.

The opposition chief alluded that the three officials were out to solicit a bribe from him, ostensibly to tilt the August 9, 2022, poll in his favour.

He made the remarks while responding to recent claims by Chebukati that he was offered a bribe to alter the 2022 presidential election results in favour of the Azimio boss or force a run-off.

"Bwana Chebukati anasema eti kuna watu walikuwa wanataka kuonga yeye ata wale wenzake bwana Guliye na bwana Boya. Nataka kuuliza hao mlienda kwa jumba la Baba(Raila) kufanya nini? Uliza wao walikuja kwangu kufanya nini na waliomba nini." Raila remarked.

Loosely translated, "Mr Chebukati claims that some people wanted to bribe him alongside Mr Guliye and Mr Boya. I want to ask them to come clean on their secret visit to my house. Ask them the purpose of their visit and what they wanted from me."

The opposition chief threatened to release CCTV footage to prove that the three officials were at his house.

"Wajue kwamba mimi niko na picha yao wakicheza mimi nitatoa (Let them know I have their recordings. If they continue like that I will expose them)," Raila threatened, adding that the officials also visited former Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju's home.

While defending a section of the commissioners led by Vice-chairperson Juliana Cherara and commissioners Justus Nyang'aya, Francis Wanderi and Irene Massit, who rejected the presidential results announced by Chebukati on August 15, 2022, Raila said the outgoing chairperson should be in jail for allegedly overseeing electoral malpractice.

Chebukati had on Tuesday intimated that he was offered the bribe by Tuju, former Busia Senator Amos Wako and advocate Kyalo Mbobu, who visited the national tallying centre at Bomas hours before he announced the presidential results on August 15, 2022.

"The first speaker was Amos Wako who said that we should not operate in a vacuum and we should look at the bigger picture for the country and when you reach this kind of situation you can moderate results and achieve stability of the country," Chebukati testified before a tribunal probing the four commissioners who rejected the presidential results on grounds that the final tally was "opaque".

"Tuju said that it was necessary that we moderate these results in favor of Baba and that any contrary declaration of the results would plunge the country into chaos. I understood Baba to be Raila Odinga.

"He said that in the alternative, if it was not possible to moderate the results, then we should ensure that there is a runoff. Tuju said that we consider the request then we shall be rewarded. We did not encourage him to expound the reward."

Meanwhile, Raila on Sunday asked the Common Wealth and the United Nations to deploy teams to Kenya to look into the election rigging claims within two weeks, failure to which Kenyans will take matters into their own hands.

He claimed that any other investigations including those being carried out by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) would be biased due to influence from the Executive led by President William Ruto.

"Vijana tumesema kwanza tunataka Common Wealth and the United Nations itume inspectors hapa Kenya sio Ruto la sivyo wakenya watachukua hatua yao wenyewe," Raila said while responding to calls from the youth to invade State House.

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