Cherera, Masit reveal they left Kenya due to security fears after elections
IEBC Vice Chair Juliana Cherera and ex-Commissioner Irene Masit on Thursday
revealed that they now live out of the country out of fear for their lives.
two spoke in an explosive return to the limelight as they made their
submissions before the National Dialogue Committee from remote locations.
fought back tears while narrating their tribulations, with Masit saying that she
was branded a traitor in President
William Ruto’s Rift Valley backyard where she also comes from.
"I am outside the country for security
reasons. I come from Rift Valley and they say that I betrayed the President. I
have never gone to my home," she disclosed.
received two threats, I reported to the lawyer the first time. The second threat
was at night, I took a motorbike to the airport, paid cash, and was the last on
on her part, told the bipartisan committee that her young family bore the brunt
of the political lynching.
"My last born is 7 years old. It was bad even
in school. Our social life really changed. It was bad for my children and my
family. There are certain things we cannot say on camera because it is not a
safe space," she stated.
The two, alongside fellow former Commissioners
Francis Wanderi and Justus Nyang’aya, who appeared in person, claimed that they
were forced to resign from office after President Ruto took office as the fifth
Head of State.
four former Commissioners, dubbed the ‘Cherera Four,’ also threw a wide blanket
of doubt on the credibility of last year's election with claims that the
results declared by then Chairman Wafula Chebukati were never tabulated as
Wanderi, what you are saying is not a small matter, we have a country, why
weren’t you able to prove what you are saying at the Supreme Court then you
come and bring it here?” Posed Governor Cecily Mbarire, deputy delegation head,
responded: “With all due respect, we’re not saying we were right and everyone
was wrong...we’re just explaining what happened, where there are issues let the
committee pick them up and deal with it.”
chimed in: “Upto now we don’t know the results and it’s important that we audit
these results, because when we audit it will be fair for everybody including
those who lost...this was not tallying, I don’t even know what to call it.”
quartet said they were targeted for standing their ground that Chebukati, and
felloe former Commissioners Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu mismanaged the election.
Cherera Four were forced to resign, it was never our intention to resign, and
therefore we would want to ask that the reason why Cherera Four were removed
from office is because they questioned the formula used by the Chair to declare
the results,” Wanderi stated.
added: “Let’s allow an in-depth analysis because we want the next Commissioners
to be handled with integrity and their voice will not be shut down. We were in
the kitchen, we know what happened, some of these things need to be said in
some point the session became heated when Hassan Omar interrupted Eugene
Wamalwa's contribution, forcing Wamalwa to leave the meeting.
Guliye and Molu however refused to appear before the committee saying that
would be "betraying IEBC staffers who were tortured and murdered, as well
as rubber-stamping impunity."
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