IEBC Summons Moses Kuria

  • Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria at Maya Gardens Sagana, with Chama Cha Kazi Aspirants during a Nominations Planning Meeting on March 12, 2022
    Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria at Maya Gardens Sagana, with Chama Cha Kazi Aspirants during a Nominations Planning Meeting on March 12, 2022
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  • The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has summoned Gatundu South Member of Parliament, Moses Kuria, over vote-rigging claims.

    Kuria - who is known to make bold and fearless statements - claimed during the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) National Delegates Conference (NDC) held at Kasarani that they stole the 2017 presidential election to propel Uhuru Kenyatta to victory.

    In a letter by IEBC's Code of Conduct Enforcement Committee, dated Saturday, March 26, the commission asked Kuria to appear before the committee on March 30.

    "You are hereby required to attend the Offices of the Commission at Anniversary Towers, Commission Boardroom 6th floor on Wednesday the 30th day of March 2022 at 10:00 o'clock in the forenoon for examination by the Electoral Code of Conduct Enforcement Committee over utterances you made while addressing delegates at the UDA party National Delegates Convention held at the Kasarani Gymnasium Arena on 15th March 2022," read the IEBC statement.

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    IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati addresses the media at a press conference in August 2021
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    In the statement, the electoral commission noted that it had seized a report and material against the Chama Cha Kazi Party leader in regard to violation of Clause 6 (a) and 6(1) of the Electoral Code of Conduct.

    Kuria made the claims as he chided President Uhuru Kenyatta. He alleged he was part of a team that crafted techniques that saw Uhuru clinch power. 

    “The brains that made him President are her (at the NDC). He has taken his body only to Azimio la Umoja,” Kuria stated.

    His remarks were addressed by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati who announced that the commission was fully aware of the remarks made by Kuria and it would take the appropriate action.

    The electoral commission boss vowed that the outspoken legislator would be summoned after the investigations by his team.

    Kuria's claims caused an uproar among his former allies at the Jubilee Party, led by Vice Chairperson David Murathe who urged IEBC to summon the MP.

    Murathe opined that IEBC should handle the matter with the utmost gravity it deserved as he noted that Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Chege was summoned to explain her election malpractice claims. 

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    Jubilee Vice-Chairman David Murathe speaks to the media in 2018
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    “Incidentally when Moses got into parliament after winning a by-election, he got 4000 votes in a station which has 800 votes so this is something I think they are used to,” Murathe claimed that Kuria stole elections in 2014. 

    The integrity of the IEBC has been put on the spot over countless remarks now by leaders who have questioned if the agency will hold credible elections in August.