• 17/08/2022

Kenyans React to Chebukati, DCI Feud Over Venezuelan Arrested At JKIA With Sensitive IEBC Material

ByDala News

Jul 24, 2022

Kenyans continue to pile criticism on Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati over the sticker saga in which a Venezuelan national was arrested at JKIA on Thursday.

Hawkeyed security personnel at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The Venezuelan was found in possession of IEBC branded stickers belonging to 17 Constituencies being ferried in his personal luggage. Shortly afterwards Wafula Chebukati issued a statement that the Venezuelan was indeed an employee of Smartmatic, a firm contracted to prepare voting material.

The IEBC Chair, however failed to clarify why such sensitive election material should be shipped into the country secretively and in the personal luggage of an individual. Standard procedure demands that the airport police is informed of the arrival of such sensitive documentation and escort provided, if need be.

Chebukati’s statement on Friday was even more confusing as he claimed that the Venezuelan was arrested together with two other officials who went to receive him and that the police confiscated their laptops and phones which contained sensitive information that can compromise elections.

Chebukati even claimed that once released the trio was given a condition to report to the DCI OCS a non-existent entity on the 26 of July.

Perhaps this is no time for Wafula Chebukati to engage the National Police Service and DCI while quoting nonexistent offices but to engender confidence in voters by showing he is in charge.

With barely a fortnight to go before the August poll, Chebukati’s errant behavior is not reassuring. Kenyans are worried that an umpire to such a historically significant contest is appearing disoriented just a few days to the event.

Is it possible that Wafula Chebukati has been having the interest of UDA Party at heart, as claimed? Could it be that the government is trying to send a message of intimidation to the IEBC by the Venezuelan’s arrest and confiscation of sensitive election material?.

Indecision in the part of the late IEBC Chairman Samuel Kivuitu contributed to the mayhem referred to as the 2007-2008 post-election violence.

Kenyan voters are eager for a peaceful transition.

It’s time Chebukati stamped his foot down and proved he is capable of overseeing free and fair elections.

Kenyans’ reactions are not flattering to Chebukati:

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