Azimio la Umoja One Kenya presidential flag bearer sparked reactions after claiming that IEBC Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera should manage the upcoming Mombasa and Kakamega gubernatorial races.
Speaking in Mombasa, the former Prime Minister said IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati should recuse himself from the polls and let Cherera manage them alone.
“Yeye hata haoni haya anasema ati uchaguzi ya Mombasa na Kakamega iendelee kama yeye yuko hapo
“We are saying this elections will be conducted under the IEBC vice chairperson,” the presidential flag bearer said.
Raila expressed confidence that Azimio will win the gubernatorial races, insisting that no matter how many times they postpone the elections they will still win.
“Can’t you see that I am not sad or shaken by anything. I know eventually the truth shall be known. Martha Karua and I have seen a lot of injustice
“We are dealing with very corrupt opponents who had planned to rig a long time ago. The truth shall set the Kenyan nation free. Please be patient,” he said.
Elsewhere, Cherera was forced to address photos of her with Azimio la Umoja leaders.
Following their rejection of the results, photos of Cherera with Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and Raila emerged online.
It also emerged that she was serving as Joho’s Chief of Staff prior to her appointment to IEBC.
However, reacting to the photos, the commissioner has told Kenyans that her alleged close association with Azimio will not change her stand on the presidential results.
“My colleagues and I have indicated irregularities in the Presidential tallying process
“It is not fair to personalize issues. Photos of me discharging duties in my previous position have nothing to do with the facts we have laid bare,” Cherera said.
Cherera is among four IEBC commissioners who distanced themselves from presidential election results announced by Chebukati.
The other commissioners are Francis Wanderi, Justus Nyangaya and Irene Masit.
They argued that the final process of verification of the result was not transparent hence their resistance.
“We are not at the Bomas of Kenya because we cannot take ownership of the results that are going to be announced because of the opaque nature which these results have been handled,” Cherera stated.
She, however, stated that the IEBC conducted an election that was free, fair and verifiable except for the final process.
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