Three Nairobi City residents have petitioned the National Assembly to impeach ICT CS Joe Mucheru allegedly over violation of the Constitutions and Elections Act by involving himself in politics.
The trio, namely Muhia Kagwi, Kevin Kiarie and John Wangai addressed the petition to the National Assembly Clerk saying Mucheru, a government official openly showed an association and promoted one political coalition and its candidate.
“There is a tendency by senior government officials purporting to assume the roles and positions intended to influence the outcome of the August 9 general election,” the petition read in part.
The petitioners said the Constitution binds all state organs, public officers, state officers and all persons by values and principles of governance when enacting, applying or interpreting the law.
They said Mucheru’s action was likely to trigger tension, which also amounts to impunity, circumvention of the rule of law, and undermines democracy.
“There is a tendency by senior government officials purporting to assume the roles and positions intended to influence the outcome of the August 9 general election,” the petition reads further.
The trio is reacting to a recent statement by the CS during an event attended by the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition presidential candidate Raila Odinga when he said they were working to ensure the country has a free and fair election.
“We are working closely with Baba to ensure that this is the case and we have been looking and seeing the information we are on the right track…Baba, we are together and we are following you, you have given us the assignment, we are doing all that, we are not sleeping,” Mucheru said.
The petition comes after members of Deputy President William Ruto’s UDA party raised concern, claiming there was a plot to rig elections in favour of Raila.
“Of concern to us is the critical role the Ministry of ICT plays in supervising and overseeing the Communication Authority of Kenya,” Ruto’s team said.
However, Mucheru rubbished the allegations, saying Ruto’s allies were afraid of losing the election and they did not work with the IEBC. He also said he had the right to endorse any candidate of his choice.
Mucheru also said if there was anyone to be questioned about the rigging claims then it should be the DP’s office.
“None of us is in IEBC. It is an independent institution; if they are going to investigate, it should be the office of the DP, which has so much more reasons than me to say I can influence the election,” the CS said.
“For networks, IEBC gets it from the telecom operators and for broadcast, it is for the media. I don't know where this idea is coming from and I do not even expect IEBC to question me about it. These are just political games.”
The petitioners insisted they had sufficient grounds for an impeachment of the CS.