Azimio Principal Martha Karua has challenged President Wiliam Ruto to come clean on revelations of a murder plot against former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati.
In a statement on Wednesday, January 18, Karua questioned why Ruto had waited for time to elapse only for him to announce the murder plot after Chebukati's tenure ended.
The Narc Kenya Party leader added that if the allegations were true, Chebukati would have exposed the claims himself and not the president going public on the matter.
“Why did Chebukati not disclose this to the court during the presidential petition or better still report the matter to the police? Six months into the Ruto regime why has no action been taken if these allegations have any iota of truth ?” she questioned.
The former Raila’s Odinga’s running mate, stated that the ex-IEBC chairman could have immediately reported the case to the relevant authorities for action to be taken.
Karua further noted that the whole murder plot was a propaganda scheme by the Ruto regime to demonize the opposition.
“My take is that this is carefully designed propaganda by a regime desperate to gain legitimacy by spewing outrageous falsehoods aimed at hoodwinking the public while undermining its competition,” she noted.
In addition, Kenya's 'iron lady' questioned if the president was ready to face the law in finding justice for Chebukati, describing the whole situation as an abuse of power.
“It is irresponsible for a leader to abuse public office to make unsubstantiated allegations against his competition and against public officers junior to him (Cherera four) to the extent of compromising the ongoing Tribunal against one of them. Is Ruto ready to record a statement,” she stated.
This came after Raila’s allies demanded the formation of a commission of inquiry to conduct an investigation concerning the same murder plot.
Narok Senator Ledama Olekina asserted that the claims by President Ruto were serious allegations and needed to be uncovered.
On the other hand, former Mukurweini MP Kabando wa Kabando expressed that an investigation into the allegations would help clean up the country's electoral system.
Vocal Emabakasi East lawamker Babu Owino opined that Ruto needed to refrain from focusing on the 2022 elections and help the country move forward.
Ruto made the remarks on Tuesday, January 17 during Chebukati's last day in office.
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