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Lawmakers fault ODM leader’s stand on electoral reforms

Saturday, January 28th, 2023 05:50 | By
Raila Odinga during Azimio meeting in Nairobi on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. PHOTO/Raila Odinga/Twitter

Kenya Kwanza MPs have dismissed opposition leader Raila Odinga’s criticism of changes at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Raila has asked his supporters to resist what he claims is an attempt by President William Ruto to constitute an electoral commission that will favour his re-election in 2027.

Raila  has also opposed the proposed amendment to the IEBC law that outlines the formation of a selection panel that will recruit new IEBC commissioners.

But addressing the media separately in Mombasa, Mathioya MP Mugo Gichugi and his South Mugirango counterpart Sylvanus Osoro said the process was already at an advanced stage and there is nothing that Raila can do about it.

“Commissioners have to be appointed as per the law that was passed by both Members of Parliament so the process is more inclusive. I wonder why some are  opposing it now, because the train has already left the station,” said Gichugi (pictured).

 “The process of making a law is rigorous, so this IEBC matter followed all the processes including public participation, and committee stages. If they think the law is not right, the only option is to go to court,” said Osoro.

Separately in Nairobi, Raila commended the Directorate of Immigration Services for streamlining its passport renewal services.

In a tweet yesterday, Raila noted that he was accorded fast and convenient services at the Immigration Department when he went to Nyayo House to renew his expired passport.

“My passport expired and today I went down to the immigration department to renew it. I’d like to thank the agency’s friendly and helpful staff for the reception and timely service,” read the tweet accompanied by pictures.

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