Ruto Appoints Tribunal to Investigate Cherera & 3 IEBC Commissioners

IEBC vice chairperson Juliana Cherera (second left) with commissioners (from left) Justus Nyang’aya, Irene Masit and Wanderi Kamau.
Former IEBC commissioners Juliana Cherera (second left), Justus Nyang’aya, Francis Wanderi and Commissioner Irene Masit.

President William Ruto has appointed a tribunal to investigate the IEBC vice chairperson, Juliana Cherera, and three other commissioners over their conduct during the August 9 polls.

The tribunal appointed on Friday, December 2, will be chaired by Justice Aggrey Muchelule.

Carolyne Kamende Daudi, Linda Gakii Kiome, Mathew Njaramba Nyabena, and retired Colonel Saeed Khamis Saced were also appointed to probe the commissioners. 

Kibet Kirui Emmanuel, Irene Tuntu Neboe, Peter Munge Murage and Zamzam Abdi Abib will also be part of the tribunal.

President William Ruto during the opening of the Twiga Foods Distribution Centre in Ruiru, Kiambu County on Monday, November 28, 2022
President William Ruto during the opening of the Twiga Foods Distribution Centre in Ruiru, Kiambu County on Monday, November 28, 2022
William Ruto

Other commissioners to be investigated alongside Cherera are Justus Nyangaya, Francis Wanderi and Irene Masit.

"The mandate of the Tribunal shall be to consider the petition for the removal of Juliana Cherera, Francis Mathenge Wanderi, Irene Cherop Masit and Justus Abonyo Nyang'aya from office as members of IEBC and to inquire into the allegations therein," read the special gazette notice in part.

Further, the President directed the four commissioners to be suspended until the matter is concluded.

"Having received and considered the petition of the NA and in the exercise of the prerogative vested in the Head of State and Government by Article 251 of the Constitution, I William Samoei Ruto, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, do hereby direct that;

"The four are hereby suspended from office with immediate effect, and a tribunal to inquire into the matter be and is hereby appointed," read the notice in part.

Ruto indicated that the tribunal would submit a report to him after the completion of the inquiry before a decision is made on the four commissioners.

The head of state earlier adopted a report to have the four commissioners suspended and investigated for dissenting presidential results in the August 9 polls.

However, opposition leader, Raila Odinga, opposed the directive, arguing that Ruto was using his state powers to settle scores. 

Raila vowed to fight for the four commissioners. He, however, postponed his earlier plan to stage nationwide protests, organised to heap pressure on the head of state. 

A photo of Justice Aggrey Muchelule.
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