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Irene Masit: I skipped tribunal session for fear of my life

By Nyaboga Kiage December 22nd, 2022 1 min read

Besieged commissioner of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Irene Masit, has said she failed to appear before Wednesday’s session of tribunal that is probing her conduct during the August 9, 2022 General Election because she feared for her life.

Ms Masit, is one of the four embattled IEBC commissioners who are being probed by the tribunal that is led by Justice Aggrey Muchelule. The other three are former Vice Chair Juliana Cherera, Justus Nyang’aya and Francis Wanderi. The tribunal

On Wednesday, Ms Masit was expected to appear before the tribunal but instead she sent her lawyer Mr Donald Kipkorir.

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She later told the media that she feared for her life as her security has never been improved since she was suspended from IEBC.

“I didn’t appear since my security detail had not been restored by then and don’t want to expose myself to unforeseen eventualities,” Masit said, explaining that once the security is restored she will appear before the tribunal.

The tribunal hearings on Wednesday resumed with the continuation of cases by three other petitioners.

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Mr Chebukati alongside IEBC commissioners Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu were lined up to testify against Ms Masit.

The tribunal is also expected to summon the management of two city facilities, the Serena Hotel and Yaya Towers, which are said to have hosted the four commissioners on days around the election.

The four said that they had decided to spend their nights away from their home because their lives were in danger.

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