I was booed in the presence of Wafula Chebukati - Juliana Cherera

for Tv47 Digital September 19, 2022, 10:39 AM
Juliana Cherera
IEBC Vice-chairperson Juliana Cherera speaking during a press briefing on August 12. PHOTO/FILE

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Vice-Chairperson Juliana Cherera says that she was booed and heckled during the commission's retreat in Mombasa last week.

Speaking to Journalists, Cherera said that she and the other three commissioners - Justus Nyang’aya, Irene Masit, and Francis Wanderi - were booed in presence of the commission's chairman Wafula Chebukati.

“Yes, I was booed by a group that was in attendance. This was done in the presence of the chairman and he did not raise a finger to stop them," Cherera told journalists.

However, she says that not everyone heckled the four commissioners who rejected the August 9 2022 Presidential Election results announced and declared by Chebukati at the Bomas of Kenya on August 15.

Cherera adds that there "are those (IEBC staff) that cheered when I addressed the meeting."

4 Commissioners under siege

Her sentiments come just four days after one of the Kenya Kwanza government affiliated parties filed a petition before the National Assembly to have her and her group ejected from IEBC on the grounds of gross violation and breach of their oath of office.

In its petition, the Farmers Party claims that the conduct of the four was aimed to bring out discontent or disaffection and cast aspersions towards the IEBC mandates as established by the Constitution.

This petition proceeded MP Aden Duale's sentiments, asserting that Juliana and her colleagues "must face the music".

"No, it cannot be business as usual!" thundered Duale. "The actions in what appeared like cinema featuring Cherera as the lead actor and voice actress is a pure blatant gross violation of the Constitution and the law for attempting to subvert the will of the People through fabrications.

"Consequently, the four commissioners should be held accountable both individually and collectively. They cannot turn on and off like a switch and expect us to just forget everything. They must face the music," he added.

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