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Chebukati’s lawyers demand release of alleged photos, videos of him soliciting bribes at Raila’s home

Tuesday, January 31st, 2023 18:12 | By
Chebukati's lawyers demand release of alleged photos, videos of him soliciting bribes at Raila's home
Outgoing IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati. PD/file

Former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chair Wafula Chebukati, through his lawyers, has threatened in a demand letter to sue Azimio leader Raila Odinga for his utterances on Sunday, January 29 rally at Jacaranda grounds in Nairobi.

While addressing his supporters, Raila claimed that Chebukati and other IEBC commissioners’ paid him a visit at his home and attempted to solicit a bribe from him. The opposition chief stated that he has pictures that he will make public if he has to.

“Chebukati is saying there are people who tried to bribe him, even his other colleagues Guliye and Molu. I want to ask them what they came to do in my house. What did they ask me for? I have pictures and if they continue playing I will make them public,” he said.

In his demand letter, Chebukati has asked the former premier to furnish him with the video footage of the alleged visit within seven days and failure to which, he shall take legal action.

"If we do not receive the video footage demanded within that period we shall be constrained to institute appropriate adverse but lawful proceedings," part of the letter reads.

Ruto dismisses claims

This comes after President Wiliam Ruto told off Azimio leader Raila Odinga asking him to explain why he invited the officials to his home.

Ruto said Raila was not being sincere and now wants him to explain what his intention was.

While addressing delegates on Monday during the Conference of the African Prosecutors’ Association (APA) in Mombasa, the President said it was odd that the bribery claims had emerged five months after the elections.

“I was listening yesterday to one of our politicians who was alleging that members of the IEBC went to his house and he is telling this story five months after the act. He is volunteering this information with insinuations that the officials had gone there for something he has not disclosed. It begs the question if it is true, what were these officials doing in his house at your invitation, being a candidate?” Ruto asked.

He added: “If it’s true, what were these officials doing in your house, at your invitation and you were a candidate? How did you end up inviting officials of an independent body to your house? It begs the question,” asked Ruto.

Ruto said Raila ought to have presented the evidence at the Supreme Court ruling but talking about it now was unrealistic.

“You also had an opportunity to bring up this evidence, before the seven judges of the Supreme Court, but you did not. You then take this big landslide to a political rally,” he said.

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