IEBC ‘Rebels’ To Face Parliament As Petition Seeking Their Removal Begins

    The Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs will hold public hearings today on petitions to remove four IEBC commissioners who contested President William Ruto’s election victory.

    According to a notification issued by Samuel Njoroge, Clerk of the National Assembly, the hearings will take place from Thursday, November 24, to Tuesday, November 29, 2022.

    The four petitions submitted to the National Assembly demand that Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera, Justus Nyang’aya, Irene Masit, and Wanderi Kamau resign due to blatant constitutional and oath violations.

    The Republican Party, Geoffrey Langat, Jerry Owuor, and Reverend Ndwiga Nthumbi have filed the petitions separately.

    According to the petitioners, the four are unqualified for their positions. They want MPs to recommend to President William Ruto that a tribunal be formed to investigate the commissioners’ conduct and determine whether they are fit to serve in public office.

    They accuse the commissioners of a treacherous scheme in the Supreme Court and swore affidavits based on falsehoods, which the Supreme Court noted in its decision on September 5.

    Before reporting back to the House, the National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs Committee has 14 days to determine their viability.

    The House will have 10 days after the committee’s report is tabled to decide whether the petitions contain valid grounds for the commissioners’ removal.

    The four commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) disowned the presidential election results that had not yet been made public on August 15, citing the “opaqueness” of the electoral process as their justification.