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Wednesday, 08 Feb 2017 19:34 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
CORD leader Raila Odinga and his allies in the new opposition coalition NASA have asked the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to vet its senior managers. The leaders, who included Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula, met with IEBC officials led by new chairman Wafula Chebukati at Mr Odinga's Capitol Hill offices early today.
At the meeting, the NASA leaders raised the claim that some senior IEBC staff members had been compromised by the Jubilee Party, according to a source briefed on the deliberations. The well-placed source at the CORD secretariat told this website that Mr Odinga will supply information to the IEBC chairman detailing these claims at a later date.
The source, however, divulved to us that among the officials Mr Odinga wants vetted is the ICT director, who allegedly is a well-known family friend of the deputy president William Ruto's. "The director's wife went to school with the DP's wife, and the two couples meet often at Mr Ruto's Karen home," the source said.
The source claimed that the CORD team had prepared a dossier on the alleged meetings, including the director's wife's participation in multiple events where she interacted at length with the DP's wife Rachel Ruto. Second to the ICT official, the source intimated to this website that a top finance official had done business for Mr Ruto personally in a previous capacity. The two officials' hiring, the source alleged, were facilitated by IEBC secretary Ezra Chiloba, who also is alleged to have close links with the DP.
"When we present the evidence, the country will be shocked as to how much the IEBC has been infiltrated by a cartel working at the behest of one individual," said the source, who disclosed that some of the information in the opposition's hands were supplied by government officials concerned by the interactions. At the meeting with Mr Chebukati's team, Mr Odinga is reported to have also called for a comprehensive audit of the IEBC register to weed out dead voters.
“We raised the issue of civil servants being empowered using state resources, to facilitate registration of voters in certain areas, yet other areas are restrained,” he said after the meeting, adding, "We have raised concerns about what we consider irregularities in terms of preparation for elections. We have said so many times that this country cannot afford another flawed electoral process".
The new IEBC chairman has reached out to government and opposition politicians in order to establish a working relationship ahead of the elections.