NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 24 — The immediate former Chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Wafula Chebukati has told the Justice Aggrey Muchelule-led tribunal top officials of Azimio Coalition stormed into his office at 3am demanding alteration of presidential election results.
Azimio Executive Director Raphael Tuju and then Busia Senator Amos Wako reportedly woke Chebukati from a nap moments after his security detail briefed him of their presence.
“The two walked into the room even before I gave my security detail the go ahead to allow them in,” the retired IEBC Chairperson said on Tuesday.
Chebukati told the tribunal formed to probe the conduct of an IEBC faction led by then Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera that the duo suggested moderation of election results to deny President William Ruto a win and declare Azimio’s Raila Odinga the winner.
“They suggested that there will be a reward to which I responded I am sufficiently renumerated,” he told the panel.
Chebukati said his position was backed by commissioners Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu.
He added the group comprising of Cherera, Irene Masit, Francis Wanderi and Justus Nyang’aya supported the proposal by Tuju and Wako.
Security Advisory Council
Chebukati told the panel the visit by the duo preceded once by members of the National Security Advisory Committee who made similar demands.
He said NSAC cautioned that if he declared William Ruto as the President – Elect, “the country is going to burn.”
He reaffirmed his account of events as presented at the Supreme Court during the hearing of the 2022 presidential election petition.
While making submissions at the Supreme Court in September 2022, Chebukati told the court the NSAC delegation which included Principal Administrative Secretary at the office of the President Kennedy Kihara asked him to alter results of the election to force a run-off in the event he was unable to declare Odinga the winner.
Other members of the delegation were Solicitor General Kennedy Ogeto, Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and Lieutenant General Francis Omondi Ogolla (Vice Chief of Defence Forces).
Senior Counsel George Oraro who appeared on behalf of then Attorney General Kihara Kariuki at the Supreme Court confirmed the meeting but said its agenda was miscounted.
The AG is reported to have indicated that skirmishes between the Kikuyu and Luo communities had already started “in several slums including Kibera and Mathare on the basis of alleged ‘betrayal by the kikuyu’.”
“The second part of the message from the NSAC delegation was that if we cannot announce Raila Odinga as the outright winner, then we must ensure that there is a runoff,” Chebukati submitted at the time.