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It has been an honour: IEBC boss Wafula Chebukati farewell message

By Wangu Kanuri January 18th, 2023 2 min read

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) former chairman, Wafula Chebukati, has bid farewell to Kenyans as he exits office.

In his message on Twitter, Chebukati, who finished his term on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, shared that he had been appointed on 18th January 2017 and was to serve for a constitutional term of six years.

Thanking Kenyans for the honor and opportunity to serve them, he said, “It was undoubtedly a challenging assignment, but I served my country to the best of my ability and in accordance with the oath of office I took.”

Terming the IEBC staff whom he worked with as true heroes, Chebukati shared, “Thank you for working tirelessly and with dedication despite difficult circumstances at times.”

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However, it has not been a smooth journey for Chebukati and especially during the last general election with him urging President William Ruto to probe the chaos that had been witnessed in Bomas.

During the launch of the post-election evaluation report, Chebukati told stakeholders that the commission had written to the Head of State on the matter, saying, the 2022 poll witnessed the highest number of attempts to undermine the independence of the agency and usurp its powers.

As such, he cited intimidation by security organs, lobbying by the National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC), disinformation campaigns, and the murder of a returning officer as some of the attacks against IEBC.

Be it as it may, in his farewell message, Chebukati urged the future commission to ensure there is, “Fidelity to the law as that is the key to success at IEBC.”

While President Ruto and Kenya Kwanza hail praises on Chebukati for upholding the constitution and the rule of law, Azimio la Umoja leaders led by Raila Odinga have called him out saying the August 9th, 2022 polls were marred with irregularities and hence not fair.

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