President William Ruto has poured claims that the ‘system’ had planned to abduct and murder Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) outgoing chairman Wafula Chebukati during the August 2022 polls.
The Head of State gave the remarks at a meeting while hosting commissions and independent office leaders at State House, Nairobi.
“We also know there was a direct attempt to abduct Wafula Chebukati and murder him so that the commission would be paralyzed and a compliant commissioner takes over and subvert the people’s sovereignty. It was a hard, cold, and lonely time, the threats were dire, the promise rewards very lavish and the pressure relentless.”Ruto said.
The President went on to commend Chebukati for standing his ground despite the prevailing circumstances.
“We salute with great admiration the steadfastness, integrity, and leadership through example that Wafula Chebukati provided at the IEBC. It is this uncompromising commitment to his constitutional responsibility that enabled him to lead IEBC.”
The President’s remarks comes two days after Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua ,while speaking at the Bomet Stadium on Sunday, revealed that Chebukati was offered a Sh.1 billion bribe to ostensibly declare Raila Odinga as winner of the election.
“Things were terrible at Bomas of Kenya. Demons filled the place, some with seven horns others three tails. People were sent to bribe Chebukati with Sh1 billion so that he could announce Raila Odinga as the president, but he refused. Top army officials were sent to intimidate him but he remained firm and God touched his heart because the country would have burned.”The second in command stated.