We Only See Him on TV - Chebukati's Wife Reveals

  • IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati (right), his wife Mary and son Emmanuel
    IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati (right), his wife Mary and son Emmanuel.
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  • The family of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman, Wafula Chebukati, bears the brunt of his absence following his high-demanding position as the country gets closer the a highly contested election.

    Speaking during her mother's burial on Saturday, July 16, Mary Chebukati, the wife to the IEBC chair, noted that his family sees him on TV more that they interact with him.

    She further noted that her husband was more concerned on following the law and asked Kenyans to pray for him as the election day draws closer.

    "I ask that you pray for us as a family especially now that we are in the election season because I know my husband just wants to follow the law.

    IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati addresses 2022 presidential aspirants at a pre-candidate registration meeting at the Bomas of Kenya on Monday, May 23, 2022
    IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati addresses 2022 presidential aspirants at a pre-candidate registration meeting at the
    Bomas of Kenya on Monday, May 23, 2022
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    "We see him on TV more than we see him at home because of his job. Even now, I thank him for setting aside his national duties to come and mourn with us," she noted.

    Without delving into details, Mary revealed that their three children were affected by the 2017 General Election but have grown stronger since then.

    "Our children were deeply affected by the last elections exercise but now they are strong, so is Chebukati. We always pray for God's wisdom to guide him as he serves the nation," she added.

    This comes as political blame game hits a fever pitch with Azimio la Umoja team, headed by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, claim that Ford-Kenya leader, Moses Wetangula, had a hand in choosing the company tasked with printing the ballot papers. Wetangula has since denied the claims.

    Kenya Kwanza, headed by Deputy President William Ruto, on the other hand, argued that there was a plan to rig his election after claiming that some voters were transferred against against their will.

    Chebukati, however, maintained that IEBC is not answerable to any individuals and is managed as an independent entity.

    Mary and Wafula have been together since they tied the knot in 1990 and are blessed with three children, two boys (Emmanuel and Jonathan) and a girl (Rachel).

    Mary has held several positions in the past including a stint as the chairlady of the Kenya Ladies Golf Union until 2017 when her successor, June Waweru, took over.

    IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati during the clearance of presidential candidates at the Bomas of Kenya on Monday, June 6, 2022.
    IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati during the clearance of presidential candidates at the Bomas of Kenya on Monday, June 6, 2022.
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