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Kenya: Raila and Ruto in new fight to control electoral commission

By Jeff Otieno

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Posted on September 27, 2022 10:40

Raila Odinga and William Ruto (Reuters and TAR)
Raila Odinga and William Ruto (Reuters and TAR)

Even before the election dust settles, a new battlefront has opened up pitting the two rival political coalitions over the control of the country’s electoral body, raising serious questions over its future. Which coalition will blink first?

On September 17, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) organised a retreat in Mombasa to evaluate their performance in this year’s general election.

The retreat included the four commissioners – Juliana Cherera (vice chairperson), Justus Nyang’aya, Irene Masit and Francis Wanderi – who had disputed the final presidential results announced by the chairperson Wafula Chebukati. The four later accepted the results after the Supreme Court upheld William Ruto’s victory.

“We thought the meeting would give us an opportunity to reflect on our performance and forge ahead as a united commission. Unfortunately, that did not happen,” says an IEBC employee who requested to remain anonymous since he was not authorised to speak to the press.

The differences between the Chebukati and Cherera factions were so deep rooted that they booked different holding rooms ahead of the ‘bonding

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