‘We Were Forced To Resign’, Cherera Four Tells Dialogue Team

Former IEBC Commissioners Juliana Cherera, Francis Wanderi, Justus Nyang’aya and Irene Masit told the committee that they were forced out after they questioned the 2022 presidential election outcome.

“It was the commission to tally and the chair (Chebukati) to declare the results. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to do that,” Wanderi said.

Wanderi who was accompanied by Nyang’aya when making his submissions claimed the Form 34c which contained a summary of presidential results from all constituencies was never availed to them.

“That form was never availed to us. What we got was a form containing a summary of the results from all counties,” he added.

“It was unfair for us to be forced out. We hope the matter will be looked into.”

The four commissioners rejected the presidential results announced by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati on August 15, 2022, claiming the final tallying of the results was marred with discrepancies and irregularities.

They also filed affidavits supporting Azimio’s unsuccessful petition challenging President William Ruto’s win at the Supreme Court.

Cherera and Masit claim they flew out of the country for security reasons.

“It was bad for me and my family; we have been threatened just because we spoke out about what we saw,” Cherera alleged.

“I am out of the country for security reasons; remember I come from Rift Valley, and they would say that I betrayed the community,” Masit accused.

Wanderi also quoted Article 249 of the constitution, which states that the IEBC Commission is independent and must protect the sovereignty of the people, and cited ongoing issues between the Chairman and some commissioners.

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“We have had conflicts between Chebukati and Chiloba, Akombe and Chebukati, Chebukati and the four commissioners; there must be something wrong with the person or the position,” Wanderi added.

Cherera said, “As the Vice-Chair, even today, we stand by our word that we disown the presidential election results…I want to submit that these elections be audited, the servers should be opened, and a forensic audit be conducted. After the audit, let’s move on!”