IEBC boss claims goons wielding crude weapons attacked them at city hotel
Tens of armed goons on the night of Monday, August 22, 2022, attempted to attack Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials at a city-based hotel.
In a statement issued by the Electoral agency, the attackers were armed with crude weapons and they were targeting a group of officials who were preparing responses to the presidential election petitions that were filed at the Supreme Court.
“Today, Monday, 22nd August 2022 at around 8:30 pm an organized group of goons wielding crude weapons attempted to attack IEBC personnel preparing responses to Presidential election petitions at a premise within Nairobi,” the statement read in part.
However, police officers and security personnel at the hotel managed to repulse the attackers who later left the premises.
IEBC condemned the incident as it asked the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to ensure that he brings to an end what it termed as “blatant abuse of the Rule of Law.”
This is not the first time IEBC has raised concerns over commissioners being threatened and intimidated as they go on with their duties.
On Monday, August 15, the electoral agency chairman Mr Wafula Chebukati said that commissioners and other staff members were being threatened as they went on with their duties.
He warned those doing it to stop as the commission was preparing to take action against them.
The commission has in recent days since August 15, when Deputy President William Ruto was declared President-Elect hit news headlines after some of the commissioners disowned the results that were read by Mr Chebukati.
One of the sides is led by the commissions Vice Chairman Ms Juliana Cherera and commissioners Mr Justus Nyang’aya, Ms Irene Masit and Mr Francis Wanderi.
The other team which was part of those who witnessed Mr Chebukati read the results are Mr Abdi Guliye and Mr Boya Molu.
On Monday, a total of seven petitions were filed at the Supreme Court all linked to the declaration of DP Ruto as the President-elect after he garnered 7,176,141 votes, representing 50.59 per cent of valid votes cast against rivals Mr Odinga and Ms Martha Karua who garnered 6,942,930 votes.
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