Raila Tells Off President Ruto For Suspending ‘Cherera Four’

Raila Odinga, the leader of Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance, has responded to President William Ruto’s decision to suspend IEBC vice chairperson Juliana Cherera and three other commissioners.

Raila described the suspension as dictatorial and a conspiracy to rig the 2027 General Election during a meeting with Nairobi grassroots leaders on Friday, December 2.

He reiterated that the Azimio Coalition would not stand by and watch the government depose the four commissioners.

Furthermore, the former Prime Minister stated that he would lead his supporters in a public consultations forum beginning December 7 at the historic Kamukunji grounds.

The ODM Leader also opposed a proposed bill in Parliament to change the procedure for selecting IEBC commissioners.

“The events in Parliament yesterday on the formula of appointing IEBC commissioners and the hounding of the four commissioners have got nothing to do with integrity, but about 2027. Ruto wants to rig the 2027 election. We should not allow this to happen.”

Azimio also revealed plans to hold a rally at the above-mentioned venue parallel to the national Jamhuri Day celebrations on December 12. 

“On December 7, we will launch the public consultations forum at the historical Kamkunji grounds. And we will return to the same grounds on December 12 to continue with the consultations,” Raila stated.

Raila’s statement came shortly after President William Ruto suspended Cherera and commissioners Irene Masit, Francis Wanderi, and Justus Nyang’aya in response to a recommendation from the National Assembly.