Ruto makes demands on Cherera, other commissioners in the battle of the Supreme Court


President-elect William Ruto now wants the commissioners associated with TBEN Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) removed as respondents in a Supreme Court petition filed by Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga.

In a new application from Ruto’s lawyer, Abraham Kithure Kindiki, the president-elect wants the commissioners, including Vice-President Juliana Cherera, to be removed as respondents.

Kindiki, who along with United Democratic Alliance (UDA) campaign manager Josephat Nanok, argued that the commissioners should not be named individually as the election was not run by the individuals.

The other commissioners named as respondents in the Raila petition include Abdi Guliye, Boya Molu, Justus Nyang’aya, Francis Wanderi and Irene Massit.

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Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki pictured on April 9, 2022.

Kithure Kindiki

“The timeline for responding is that all respondents must submit responses at the same time. Accordingly, the 9th Defendant (Ruto) will be denied any opportunity to respond to the 3rd through 6th Defendants’ second-rate allegations.

“The 9th Defendant’s right to a fair trial as granted under Section 25(C) will be irreversibly affected,” read Kindiki’s statement as quoted by The Standard.

On August 22, Raila filed a petition with the Supreme Court against Ruto’s declaration as president-elect following the August 9 polls.

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In his affidavit, Raila demands that he either be named president-elect (by starting a recount) or that the Apex Court order a runoff.

Shortly thereafter, the DP submitted its response to the Supreme Court, claiming it would accept the court’s outcome.

“I ask all of us as leaders to listen to what the people of Kenya are saying so that we can complete the remaining steps of our election in a peaceful, orderly and respectful manner, respecting all the institutions that will fulfill their responsibilities. being a country governed by the rule of law and by our constitution,” the DP said in a press conference at the time.

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In the battle for supremacy, four commissioners led by Cherera also rejected the results presented by IEBC chairman, Wafula Chebukati, arguing that a lot of secrecy preceded the announcement.

However, the chairman, who has the support of two other commissioners, maintained that the whole exercise was transparent and that all forms 34A were available on the portal.

IEBC President Wafula Chebukati and Vice-President Juliana Cherera during a meeting with party candidates in Bomas of Kenya on August 22, 2022

IEBC President Wafula Chebukati and Vice-President Juliana Cherera during a meeting with party candidates in Bomas of Kenya on August 22, 2022