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Parliamentary Committee Wants Ruto To Suspend Cherera Four



JLAC tabled a report in Parliament recommending the suspension of the four.

The National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) has asked President William Ruto to suspend the four breakaway Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioners led by vice-chair, Juliana Cherera.

JLAC tabled a report in Parliament recommending the suspension of the four.

JLAC Chairperson George Murugara presented the report which is asking President Ruto to form a tribunal to investigate Cherera alongside Justus Nyang’aya, Francis Wanderi and Irene Masit over their alleged attempt to disrupt the last general elections.

All IEBC commissioners meet candidates from areas where election was postponed at Bomas of Kenya on August 22, 2022. /DAILY NATION

“The committee recommends that the President suspend the four Commissioners herein pending the Tribunal verdict,” Gitonga said.

The recommendation comes after sessions were held in the past week whereby the four commissioners were summoned to appear before the committee.

However, the commissioners failed to appear before the JLAC committee to table their responses to petitions seeking their ouster, leading to the committee members compiling the report without hearing from them.

With the recommendation, a feisty debate is set to take place this afternoon at the National Assembly on the same.

The push for the removal of the four commissioners has been bringing about sharp criticism from the opposition leaders with Azimio la Umoja leader, Raila Odinga, calling for countrywide protests to get the public’s views on the quartet.

However, the rallies that were to start on Wednesday, November 30 were postponed to Wednesday, December 7 as Odinga cited the ongoing national examinations as the reason for calling off the rallies.

He nonetheless expressed that they won’t accept the JLAC report and referred to it as the work of a hired hit squad and a lynch mob.

‘We will not recognize their findings. We are aware JLAC will table their report on the 1st and a special sitting on the 7th. This shows how myopic they are,” he said.

President Ruto had previously invited the opposing Azimio coalition to work with his government, adding that they are free to criticise them on any aspect but to do so peacefully.

“I want to tell our brothers in the opposition to work with us, to criticise whatever they want to criticise but let’s keep the country peaceful. We want everybody to do their job, we want to do our job and we wish well for the opposition in doing their job, but they should do it peacefully. 

“I do not think organising demonstrations and getting Kenyans to do the things they want Kenyans to do is part of holding any government to account. They are free to criticise what we are doing, that’s okay with us and we appreciate but I want to encourage them not to drive Kenyans against one another,” he said.

In a rebuttal against the opposition, Ruto accused the Azimio coalition of trying to dig their own hole by carving out a dictatorial style within the coalition when they have been accusing the government of regressing the country to the Nyayo regime.

Raila Odinga addressing the media on November 24, 2022 alongside Kalonzo Musyoka, Martha Karua and Makau Mutua. /FACEBOOK.RAILA ODINGA