Homabay women representative Gladys Wanga has expressed her displeasure with the Independent Electoral and Board Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati and expressed hesitant in proceeding to the 2022 General elections with him.
Speaking at the funeral of Mzee David Ajwang’ Nyakwamba, father to the late Otieno Kajwang’ and lawmakers TJ Kajwang’ and Moses Kajwang’ among others, Wanga said Chebukati’s past record portray a man who can neither be trusted with continuing to steer IEBC nor oversee the 2022 General election.
Wanga added that after overseeing the 2017 election that was annulled by the Supreme Court, Mr Chebukati cannot be trusted to conduct a free and fair election.
“Kenyans remember very well. Chebukati you are the one who presided over an election that was annulled in 2017 for the first time in history and in the entire African continent. We will be very naive to go to another election with Chebukati at the helm. An election presided over by Chebukati naogopa sana sana sana,” Wanga said.
The aspiring Homabay Governor went ahead to call on Mr. Wafula to suspend most of the commission’s activities until the missing four commissioners are officially appointed.
“Chebukati and your colleagues, please, stop everything you are doing now and wait for the appointment of the four commissioners,”she remarked.
While speaking minutes later, ODM Chairman John Mbadi, though restraining himself from speaking much about the matter, also called on Chebukati to suspend most of the commission’s activities until the four commissioners are sworn in.
“Chebukati, please stop all that you are doing now until we get the full commission because we don’t trust you” Mbadi said.
Mbadi, however, promised to spearhead ODM and other like-minded leaders in unleashing missiles and speaking their minds against Chebukati’s modus operandi after the appointment of the four.
“The rest I will say after we have passed the four commissioners. I wanted to say now, but I will say after we have passed the four names,” he added.
Despite the chants from the high-spirited mourners, ODM Party Leader and the funeral’s chief Guest Raila Amollo Odinga shied away from the issue.
Odinga only recounted on his long term relationship with the late’s family before going ahead to urge everyone, especially the youths, to turn up in large numbers, look for Identification Cards and register as voters.
The former Prime Minister believes his relationship with the President since they came together during the historic handshake will be pivotal in steering him to the state house come 2022.
Before culminating his speech by reading the President’s eulogy, Raila also called out politicians waiting to splash money in order to win the party’s ticket saying the party shall follow a strick nomination and award tickets only to the winners.
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