Chebukati Throws Masit Under The Bus On Tuju, Wako Meeting
It was the first time Chebukati laid bare the claims by himself in a tribunal followed by Kenyans live on television following an affidavit filed at the Supreme Court
Former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati on Tuesday, January 24 claimed that suspended IEBC commissioner, Irene Masit, was of the idea of moderating the 2022 presidential election results, which would have subverted the will of the people.
Appearing before the Justice Aggrey Muchelule-led tribunal, Chebukati disclosed that Masit, who is on trial, had supported the proposal for the results to be moderated to favour Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga following an impromptu meeting with former Jubilee Secretary-General Raphael Tuju, former Busia Senator Amos Wako and advocate Kyalo Mbobu.
"Commissioner Masit agreed with the remarks of Senator Wako and Tuju. That we should moderate the results. I said that the will of the people must be respected and live up to the oath of office," he stated before the tribunal.
It was the first time Chebukati laid bare the claims by himself in a tribunal followed by Kenyans live on television following an affidavit filed at the Supreme Court which offered a picture of the meeting that took place at 3 am before the presidential results were announced.
On the wee hours of Monday, August 15, 2022, when the results were declared eventually, Chebukati claimed to have been visited by the trio at the Bomas of Kenya National Tallying Centre where he was taking a nap.
"I got information from my security detail and members of staff that there are gentlemen who want to see me.
"They walked in uninvited as I was in the holding room. I actually told my CEO that I would take a nap for one hour and was woken up by these men," he narrated.
Chebukati then alleged that the trio introduced themselves as well as the purpose of their visit which was to discuss the then ongoing vote-tallying process.
"They introduced the purpose of the visit that they wanted to discuss the tallying process and I told them if that's the case I would have to invite all the commissioners to discuss," he said.
"The commissioners were on the floor of the auditorium and it took them only a minute or two for them to join us."
Chebukati further added that Wako, being the first to speak, had suggested that the commission should be willing to alter a few rules and moderate the results in favour of Raila and that failure to do so would trigger chaos across the country.
"The first speaker was Amos Wako who said that we should not operate in a vacuum and we should look at the bigger picture for the country and when you reach this kind of situation you can moderate results and achieve stability of the country," said Chebukati.
"Tuju said that it was necessary that we moderate these results in favour of Baba and that any contrary declaration of the results would plunge the country into chaos. I understood Baba to be Raila Odinga," he added.
Chebukati added that Tuju promised a reward in the event their demands were met.
"He said that in the alternative, if it was not possible to moderate the results, then we should ensure that there is a runoff. Tuju said that if we consider the request then we shall be rewarded. We did not encourage him to expound the reward," he added.
In the affidavit, Chebukati had stated that he was informed by the former commissioner, Abdi Guliye that a delegation from the National Security Advisory Council (NSAC) arrived hours after the Tuju and Wako meeting.
Their arrival was prompted by a call from the then Head of Public Service that he had sent a team that wanted to discuss the assumption of office.
Following the introductions led by Kennedy Kihara, the former Principal Administrative Secretary at the Office of the President, and made of Kennedy Ogeto (Solicitor General), former Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and Lieutenant General Francis Omondi Ogolla (Vice Chief of Defence Forces), Kihara proceeded to relay the message, warning of chaos in the event he announced Ruto as president-elect.
William Ruto and Rigathi Gachagua holding their certificate after being declared president and deputy-president elect on August 15, 2022. /WILLIAM RUTO