Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman, Wafula Chebukati, has lost his cool and attacked Deputy President, William Ruto, for making “baseless claims” against him.
During a live interview on Citizen TV on Sunday, Ruto accused the IEBC chairman of working with the opposition ahead of the repeat general elections.
“I’m aware Chebukati is meeting Nasa leaders at night. That could be why he is sending messages here and there, sensational memos. I’m asking him to stop the writing memos and concentrate on delivering a credible election,” Ruto told Citizen TV.
Enraged by the allegations, Chebukati rushed to his twitter account late in the night and told Ruto to stop making “baseless and reckless” accusations without any evidence.
“Rumours regarding my so called night meetings with NASA are baseless and reckless,” Chebukati tweeted.
“If the night meetings are untrue, let him (Chebukati) come out and say it,” Ruto was enraged by the memo Chebukati wrote to CEO Ezra Chiloba over rigged August polls.
But Chebukati asked the DP to make public the nature of the ‘so called meetings’ and the venues they were held.
“They shall not succeed to derail me from the immediate goal I have of delivering to Kenyans free, fair and credible election,” Chebukati said in a statement on Monday.
Ruto claims the memo was supposed to be an internal matter within the commission further adding that Jubilee has no problem with the same.
“We have no problem with the memo but all commissioners have to agree on the steps to take,” Ruto said insisting that President Uhuru Kenyatta won the August election.
He said the jubilee government will go to the polls whether Nasa is participating or not.
“Our concern is that IEBC chairman’s decisions do not seem to be those of the other commissioners. Chebukati should work with the other commissioners.”
NASA co-principal Moses Wetang’ula, is quoted by The Star telling off Ruto not to make unjustified and uncalled for remarks.
“You have no capacity to throw the first stone, leave alone any stone,” the Bungoma Senator said via Twitter on Sunday.