President William Ruto on Friday announced that he had suspended the four dissenting commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
President Ruto has also established a tribunal to investigate the conduct of IEBC Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera alongside commissioners Justus Nyang’aya, Francis Wanderi and Irene Masit.
The tribunal formed by the Head of State will be headed by Justice Aggrey Muchelule and is contained in a Gazette notice dated December 2, 2022.
Carolyne Kamende Daudi, , Mathew Njaramba Nyabena, Col (Rtd) Saeed Khamis Saeed and Linda Gakii Kiome have been picked as members of the Muchelule tribunal.
Irene Tunta Nchoe and Kibet Kirui Emmanuel were named to be joint secretaries of the tribunal while Peter Munge Murage will be lead counsel aided by Zamzam Abdi Abib.
The Mucheule tribunal is expected to conduct an inquiry into the allegations raised by a number of petitioners seeking to remove the “Cherera Four” from the electoral commission.
The tribunal has been given only 30 days to conduct public hearings on the said investigation, compile a report and submit it to the president for consideration.
Cherera, Wanderi, Masit and Nyang’aya will receive half of their salaries while in suspension as the tribunal probe their conduct in the August 9, General Election after they rejected presidential results as announced by IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati on August 15.
The four besieged commissioners skipped petition hearings by the National Assembly’s Justice and Legal Affairs Commission (JLAC) on Tuesday and sent their lawyer Apollo Mboya.
Through Mboya, they raised issue with President Ruto calling them rogue in a tweet he posted on his official account on November 25 claiming the process is pre-determined.
President Ruto had tweeted: “The lords of impunity, who destroyed oversight institutions using the handshake fraud, should allow Parliament to hold rogue officials who put the nation in danger by subverting the democratic will of the people to be held to account.”
Azimio la Umoja One Kenya alliance has vowed to hold rallies across the country from December 7 in solidarity with the four commissioners who are facing imminent dismissal.