The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) organized a four-day retreat for its staff in Mombasa to reflect on the completed August 9 general election.
During the event, held at a luxury hotel in the coastal city, over 1,000 election officials, from drivers to commissioners, held a joint session.
There was a dramatic turn of events, however, when the four dissenting commissioners; IEBC Vice Chair Juliana Cherera, Irene Masit, Francis Wanderi and Justus Nyang’aya rose to address the crowd.
The four were shouted down by a section of workers who accused them of trying to screw up the presidential election and widening the divide on the commission.
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Speaking to NTV, Cherera confirmed that she was booed by a group of employees. She lamented that IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati failed to step in to stop her.
“Yes, I was booed. The other commissioners were booed too, but in the midst of the booing there were some who cheered and clapped for us.
The chairman sat there and watched in silence as some groups of employees booed us and didn’t lift a finger to stop them,” Cherera said.
In his speech, Chebukati blamed the four renegade commissioners for the chaos that took place at the Bomas census center in Kenya.
“The most unfortunate incident was the false accusation by commissioners and colleagues – under oath – who subjected innocent, hard-working staffers to arbitrary arrest and kidnapping, intimidation and harassment by security agencies and political thugs, and other forms of obstruction of election officials in the performance of their duties,” said Chebukati.
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