Thursday, September 28, 2023 –Defense Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale has supported the decision by former electoral Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati to snub the ongoing National Dialogue Committee NADC at the Bomas of Kenya.
The Committee led by both Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka and his co-chair MP Kimani Ichung’wah, had asked the ex-IEBC Chairman to show up as the Committee seeks answers on the August 9 presidential election.
Commenting shortly after Chebukati released a statement to counter the summons, Defense CS Mr. Duale said the former chairman has nothing to do with an election which was declared, done and dusted.
He, therefore, challenged the Bomas Committee to seek answers from IEBC and not to target Chebukati who has since retired from that position.
“Mr. Chebakuti has done his constitutional duty on the 2022 Elections and it’s only IEBC to present to the country and Parliament the 2022 Post election Evaluation report as per the law. Period,” Duale wrote.
On his part through a brief statement, Mr. Chebukati asserted that he won’t be appearing before the Committee following the invite.
In the statement, the ex-chairman said appearing before the Committee to discuss a past election would amount to betraying fellow IEBC staff who were tortured and some murdered in the last general election.
His response now deals a major blow to efforts by the Kalonzo-Ichung’wah team to try and break the electoral impasse between opposition and the government.
The Bomas NDC, on Monday September 26, had invited Chebukati to make submissions on the conduct of the 2022 elections, whose results the opposition contested but the Supreme Court upheld with a majority of the judges.
It will be interesting to see what next now that he has declined to show up in the meeting even as the Raila Odinga-led side presses for answers on what actually transpired in the August polls that their rival William Ruto was handed victory by the IEBC.
Among the things the opposition want done is to reopen the IEBC servers so that fresh scrutiny can be done to know who won the contest.