Suna East MP Junet Mohammed on Sunday, July 31, dismissed a purported secret audio recording that linked him to election rigging plans with the help of a top-ranking official at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
In a press statement released on Sunday, July 31, Junet flagged the viral audio as fake and doctored by political opponents to malign him and Azimio.
He accused the rivals of using the audio to garner sympathy votes ahead of the August 9, General Election. The recording was published online by UDA politicians who included Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa and former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.
"Junet Mohamed urges the public to ignore the video, which appears to be one of the last desperate acts of a dying political campaign that has been based on years of lies, innuendoes, mudslinging, arrogance, chest-thumping, name-calling, insults and now - waking up to the reality of a lost election - is on a sympathy seeking spree!" he stated.
The Azimio Council Secretary-General called upon the investigative agencies to launch a probe into the audio and apprehend the culprits.
"Junet invites investigative agencies to move with speed and investigate the matter, unearth the perpetrators and bring them to the law," he stated.
In the alleged audio, a man purported to be Junet was heard calling a senior IEBC official who promised to organise a high level meeting with Wafula Chebukati and other commissioners at the electoral body.
The voice purported to be that of Azimio Secretary General is heard admitting to having come from the house of 'the big man' who seemed unhappy with an issue which he felt needed to be addressed urgently.
The leaked audio comes barely a month after the lawmaker accused Kenya Kwanza principal Moses Wetangula of holding a meeting with Chebukati and officials from Inform Lykos, in a bid to rig the poll.
Backing the MP's claims, Azimio flag-bearer Raila Odinga added that there was a plot to sneak in marked ballot papers with two million votes which would be distributed across 10,000 polling stations.
However, Chebukati refuted the claims terming them as unfounded. He further stated that he was being targeted only because he and Wtangula were from the same ethnic community of the Bukusu.
“The profiling of members of the commission is very unfortunate. For those who are making those remarks, he is a Bukusu like me, we were born in Bungoma and I think that is perhaps the reason they are profiling me,” remarked Chebukati.