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Gachagua: Chebukati refused Sh1billion bribe to declare Raila as president

By Wangu Kanuri January 15th, 2023 2 min read

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has sensationally claimed that outgoing chair of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Wafula Chebukati refused a bribe of billions of shillings ostensibly to declare Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya Coalition leader Raila Odinga winner of the August 9, 2022 General Election.

Gachagua made the claims at Bomet Stadium on Sunday during a thanksgiving mass to celebrate Kenya Kwanza Alliance’s victory in the polls.

“Things were terrible at Bomas of Kenya. It was as though there were demons that had filled the place, some with seven horns others three tails. People had been sent to bribe Chebukati with Sh1 billion so that he could announce Raila Odinga as the president, but he refused. Top army officials were then sent to intimidate him but he remained firm and God touched his heart because the country would have burned,” Gachagua said.

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The Deputy President also said God touched the hearts of GSU officers led by their commander.

“Since our president is a hero, he was told to go seat somewhere as he would be called but he refused and left for Bomas. He went there accompanied by Mama Rachel and Pastor Dorcas and they knelt praying until the demons left and he was declared the winner.”

Chebukati revealed, in his defense at the Supreme Court, that he received a visit from top army officials asking him to declare a run-off between Mr Odinga and Dr Ruto ‘for the sake of peace’ in the country. However,  Chebukati  never mentioned he was bribed.

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President Ruto beat Mr Odinga in the tightly-contested election by slightly more than 200,000 to be declared president.

Mr Odinga then petitioned the Supreme Court, but his petition was thrown out for lack of evidence. However, he has insisted that he was rigged out and the court was compromised.

IEBC was split during the polls, with four commissioners, led by vice chairman Juliana Cherera walking out and accusing Chebukati of handling the presidential results tallying process. President Ruto has since formed a tribunal to determine their case.

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