Chebukati insists ‘Cherera 4’ were attempting to subvert will of people
Outgoing Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairperson Wafula Chebukati has insisted that the four dissenting IEBC commissioners were attempting to subvert the will of Kenyans.
While appearing before Justice Aggrey Muchelule on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, Chebukati informed the tribunal that the four led by former vice chair Juliana Cherera, former commissioners; Francis Wanderi, Justus Nyangaya and commissioner Irene Masit were endorsing attempts to breach the constitution and consequently subvert the will of the people.
"The constitution of Kenyans is very clear on the system of democracy and we as a commission were put in place to ensure that Kenyans express their will through the ballot and that we then announce the winners of those particular elections.
"This then brings me to article 81 of the constitution which is very clear, it requires that we remain independent and that the election be conducted in a transparent, impartial, neutral and efficient manner, as a commission; We are referred to as referees and as a referee, we ensure that we do our work fairly to everyone, therefore these activities that were listed here were attempts to breach the constitution…..whatever activities listed here, diversions, would have made us be a party to subverting the will of the people," he stated.
The four commissioners rejected the presidential results announced by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati on August 15, 2022, claiming the final tallying of the results was marred with discrepancies and irregularities.
They also filed affidavits supporting Azimio’s unsuccessful petition challenging Ruto’s win at the Supreme Court.