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How IEBC commissioners went into hiding after Ruto’s election victory

By Nyaboga Kiage January 16th, 2023 2 min read

Two commissioners and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) went into hiding immediately after Dr William Ruto was declared president on August 15, 2022 at the Bomas of Kenya.

In a narration during the launch of the 2022 post-election report which was held at Safari Park in Nairobi, IEBC commissioner Abdi Guliye said they all went into hiding for fear of their lives.

He said he was in the company of CEO Marjan Marjan and commissioner Boya Molu and they went into an unknown destination.

“Immediately the Bomas announcement of the presidential results were made, I went into Siberia which is in my own county. I was joined with CEO Marjan and commissioner Molu, we put our phones off and left them at Bomas,” Guliye recounted.

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The commissioner said they made the decision for fear of their lives and that they realised it was important for them to also send away their security.

He said also they abandoned their official cars when they left Bomas and opted for a hired Toyota Noah.

Mr Guliye said all that time they kept their eyes glued on the TV in the hope that the country would not descend into chaos following the announcement of the presidential election.

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He said they only made a decision to come out of hiding three days later when they realised that all was well and Kenyans had accepted the outcome of the results.

It is worth noting that all this time, only IEBC Chairman Mr Wafula Chebukati was in the public and dealing with the pressure of making announcements of the results.

In his speech after announcing that Dr Ruto had won the elections, Mr Chebukati said he was under pressure and threats to name someone else as the winner.

Over the weekend, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua said that Mr Chebukati turned down a Sh1 billion offer to name someone else as the winner.

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