Irene Masit's Lawyer Accuses Muchelule of Bias, Gives Reasons 

  • Irene Masit and Donald Kipkorir
    Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Irene Masit (Left) and Nairobi City Lawyer Donald Kipkorir (Right) before Muchelule Tribuna on Tuesday, January 24, 2023.
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  • Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioner Irene Masit's lawyer Donal Kipkorir on Tuesday, January 24, called Aggrey Muchelule-led Tribunal out for outright biases. 

    According to Masit's lawyer, the tribunal was obviously working for the state, especially President Wiliam Ruto that appointed it. 

    The lawyer outlined his reasons why he believes that justice may not be served to his client, Irene Masit, who is contesting accusations of gross misconduct before the committee. 

    "My client needs to appear before a tribunal that is impartial, and the angles that were introduced endanger the liberty of my client," Lawyer Kipkorir lamented. 

    IEBC Commissioner, Irene Masit
    Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Commissioner, Irene Masit during a past event.
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    The lawyer explained that the membership of the tribunal is made up of people who are well-known or associated with the appointing authority, the President.

    "In the Gazette notice, Caroline Kamende was appointed the vice chairperson, Emmanuel Kibet is the joint secretary and Peter Munge is the lead Counsel," Kipkorir outlined. 

    The lawyer then theorerised a link between members of Muchelule Tribunal and President Ruto. 

    "Caroline Kamende acted for President William Ruto during the presidential petition at the Supreme Court of Kenya.

    " Linda Gakii Kiome contested for the position of Deputy Governor on the President's United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party. 

    "Emmanuel Kibet's business partner, Prof Kithure Kindiki, is a Cabinet Secretary of Interior in the Kenya Kwanza government. Kibet is a joint secretary in this tribunal," Kipkorir explained. 

    The lawyer wondered how justice will be achieved yet all members of the tribunal are in one or another other linked to the president. 

    He, therefore, invited the members of the tribunal to exercise integrity and self-examination of their inner selves when making decisions. 

    However, the tribunal chairperson Justice Aggrey Muchelule acknowledged the concerns and promised justice and fairness. 

    The tribunal concluded its hearings on Tuesday, January 24, and will reconvene on February 9 for final submissions from all interested parties. 

    According to the Tribunal's timelines, it is expected to prepare and submit a report and make recommendations on whether or not the only remaining IEBC commissioner Irene Masit will be expelled from the commission.

    Former IEBC Commissioner Justus Nyang'aya (left) and Commissioner Irene Masit during a consultative meeting with partners and stakeholders on October 12, 2022.
    Former IEBC Commissioner Justus Nyang'aya (left) and Commissioner Irene Masit during a consultative meeting with partners and stakeholders on October 12, 2022.
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