Jubilee Party Secretary-General Jeremiah Kioni. PHOTO/COURTESY

By Sarah Omondi

Azimio la Umoja leaders have called for establishment of an independent commission to probe the alleged plans to abduct and murder former IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati.

Led by Jubilee Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni, the leaders asserted that the claims made by President William Ruto were serious allegations and needed to be unearthed.

“We demand the establishment of a commission that will probe the allegations but other players including the opposition must be invited to appoint their people who will be part of the commission,” said the former Ndaragwa MP.

According to the leaders, the Head of State was indirectly accusing them of the plot, allegations they said should not be taken lightly.

“When he (Ruto) says some people plotted to murder Chebukati, it can only be those he was competing with. These are serious claims that must be investigated,” he added.

Embakasi East MP Babu Owino said the inquiry must also uncover those who were behind the abduction and killing of former IEBC ICT manager Chris Msando in July, 2017.

The late Msando’s body was found in Kikuyu with deep cuts just a day after he was reported missing.

“The inquiry should be backdated to 2017 to investigate what happened and who killed Msando and those found culpable jailed,” said MP Owino.

His sentiments were echoed by Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna and his Narok counterpart Ledama Olekina who accused President Ruto of making ‘reckless’ statements.

Dr Ruto on Tuesday accused some ‘unknown’ persons of a direct attempt to abduct and kill the former IEBC bosss.

According to the president, the plan that was later thwarted was meant to paralyze the commission and subvert the will of Kenyans.

“We know there was a direct attempt to abduct Mr Chebukati and murder him so that the commission would be paralyzed or a compliant commissioner take over and subvert the people’s sovereignty. It was a hard, cold and lonely time, the threats were dire, the promised rewards lavish and the pressure relentless,” Dr Ruto alleged. 


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