Is Uhuru Acting Sanctimonious Concerning IEBC’s Future?


President Uhuru has expressed his stance over the call to disband IEBC commissioners so far, citing he can not be part of any arrangement that will compromise the laws of the country.

But many have lashed out at his comment, saying he has in some cases failed to implement the constitution since he took power in 2013.

Also, the president was also accused of dismissing court rulings while taking the position of a supreme leader only to suddenly say he does not have such power on matters like IEBC.

While many of his critics have urged the president to act with integrity and self-respect by disbanding the corrupt commission, others say this is a step he should have taken a long time ago – the very moment the commissioner’s counterparts were jailed in UK.

Citing a handful of instance, The Standard reports some examples (listed below) that are instances where the president was perceived to have acted against the constitution

  1. Making of appointments (changes were made to the Judicial Service Commission Act to allow the President a bigger say in the appointment of the Chief Justice).
  2. Deliberate starvation of funds for devolution.
  3. Following rules when borrowing loans from international markets.
  4. Profiling of Kenyans.
  5. Creation of the devolution ministry whose sole purpose might have been to undermine the county governments.
  6. Amendments to various security laws at the beginning of 2015 signaled the Executive’s resolve to negate some of the most important provisions under the Bill of Rights.
  7. Sustained attacks on the independence of the National Police Service and the weakening of the National Police Service Commission have granted the President more powers over these institutions.
  8. Unconstitutional executive influence over the office of the Auditor General.
  9. Unconstitutional executive influence over the National Land Commission.
  10. Unconstitutional executive influence over the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has vowed to lead a protest every Monday until the IEBC commissioners are kicked home. He also said no election would hold unless IEBC commissioners go home. The oppositions leaders have also stated that they are ready for dialogue as long as the commissioners will go.

However the Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have ruled out the possibility of any dialogue over reforms in the Electoral Body unless it happens within parliament.

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Speaking during their tour of Mandera County today, the two accused Raila of using Kenyans to try and achieve his own political ambitions. Ruto expressly blamed Raila for the bloodshed and violence witnessed during Anti-IEBC demos. Our reporter Duncan Khaemba reports. Nakuru Church leaders have also reportedly called on police to “beat up” Cord protesters.

On the other hand Evangelical Alliance of Kenya (EAK) called for a 21-day fast and prayers period to beseech God to prevent political violence before and after the 2017 General Election. Speaking at Calvary Chosen Centre, EAK Chairperson Bishop Mark Kariuki announced that the fasting period will start on July 1, urging all church leaders to join in the prayer.

He reiterated calls for talks between the Opposition, government and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in order to end the ongoing call for demonstrations in the country.

“We are urging the government not to take a hard stand on the issue and the opposition to apply constitutional means in getting the IEBC issue solved”

On the other hand, after IEBC commissioners faced the MPs, Issack Hassan bowed to pressure, saying he is ready to quit but not until some conditions are met. The IEBC chiefs said they can go if only there is a political solutions that will be translated into a piece of law so that when they leave office, they will not face any penalty. He said that would be the only condition under which he would go home.

During the sitting, the chairperson of the National Assembly’s Justice and Legal Affairs Committee Samuel Chepkonga was forced to eject IEBC commissioners out of parliament’s committee after members disagreed on whether to discuss the Pac report which indicted the commission. Chepkonga said his move was to allow members hold closed door discussions on how to resolve the issue.