Police disperse Azimio MPs protesting outside IEBC offices
A group of protestors led by several Azimio la Umoja MPs engaged in running battles with the police as they made their way to IEBC offices to protest the interdiction of Deputy CEO Ruth Kulundu.
Police deployed tear gas to disperse the protestors who had gathered outside the Anniversary Towers, demanding to meet with IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati.
The legislators, led by Ruaraka MP Tom Kajwang, said they were there to safeguard Kulundu and other IEBC officials from intimidation.
“We are not going to allow you (IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati) to become a dictator to your own staff. We even saw you in Mombasa inciting your own to heckle some of the commissioners and even Madam Kulundu,” said Makadara MP George Aladwa.
The MPs had given IEBC 48 hours to reverse the interdiction and accused the Chairperson Wafula Chebukati and Commissioners Boya Molu and Prof. Abdi Guliye of victimizing Kulundu over her stand in last month’s presidential election.
The IEBC accused Ruth Kulundu for a slew of charges, including egregious misconduct, insubordination, and participation in illicit activities that violated her job terms of service.
In an interdiction letter sent on Tuesday, IEBC CEO Marjan Hussein Marjan accuses Kulundu of impersonation and arranging an illegal commission plenary meeting at which four commissioners who disputed the 2022 presidential election results chose law firms to represent the commission in the presidential election petition filed by Azimio la Umoja One Kenya State House candidate Raila Odinga.
Ruth is accused by Marjan of illegally convening an IEBC plenary meeting without his approval or delegation as CEO and substantive secretary at all commission meetings.