State House, Ruto tell off Raila over anti-IEBC demo re­marks

Esip­isu says the govern­ment is still within the timeline set by the Joint Par­lia­men­tary Se­lect Com­mit­tee on the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral and Bound­aries Com­mis­sion re­forms

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State House yes­ter­day crit­i­cised Cord leader Raila odinga for say­ing the op­po­si­tion will re­sume street protests if IEBC com­mis­sion­ers will still be in of­fice by Oc­to­ber 10.

Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto also told the op­po­si­tion to stop is­su­ing threats of demon­stra­tions on the IEBC of­fi­cers mat­ter.

He said they should in­stead sup­port ef­forts to have new com­mis­sion­ers in of­fice within the short­est time pos­si­ble.

Ruto said Raila should stop com­pli­cat­ing the mat­ter.

State House spokesman Manoah Esip­isu said the govern­ment is still within the timeline set by the Joint Par­lia­men­tary Se­lect Com­mit­tee on the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral and Bound­aries Com­mis­sion re­forms.

“There has been con­cerns about the IEBC mat­ters. All that needs to be said is that we are within the time­lines and that the ar­range­ments will be com­pleted within the time stip­u­lated by the rel­e­vant laws. There is no need for the strong words that have been heard in some quar­ters,” Esip­isu said at a press con­fer­ence in State House, Nairobi.

On Fri­day, while ad­dress­ing a rally in Il­mashar­i­ani, Narok county, Cord leader Raila Odinga claimed the Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tion is us­ing the IEBC com­mis­sion­ers to do early rig­ging be­fore leav­ing the of­fice.

“The Ju­bilee has been try­ing to ap­ply de­lay­ing tac­tics with the mat­ter. This is a clear tac­tic to use the team to rig the elec­tions. We will use all means to en­sure they move out of the of­fice, be­cause Kenyans can no longer trust them to con­duct the next elec­tions,”Raila said.

“I urge all the com­mu­ni­ties to get pre­pared to flush out the IEBC com­mis­sion­ers out of their of­fices. We had agreed with Ju­bilee they va­cate their po­si­tions to pave the way for a new team, which can han­dle the next polls with­out be­ing bi­ased.”

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State House spokesper­son Manoah Esip­isu dur­ing a press brief­ing at State House, Nairobi, yes­ter­day/

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