Chebukati tells DPP Haji to investigate, prosecute Jacaranda rally inciters


IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati at Bomas of Kenya

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati ordered DPP Noordin Haji to punish individuals guilty of mayhem at Sunday's Kenya Kwanza Alliance gathering in Jacaranda.

Chebukati pointed out that the commission couldn't follow the code of conduct for elections, so he sent the problem to the DPP.

His declaration came hours after the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) urged the IEBC to take action against rally instigators.

Ordinarily, the commission would have investigated and summoned the accused criminals. Chebukati said that in Hon. Sabina Chege vs. IEBC, constitutional petition 073 of 2022, the High Court said that the Electoral Code of Conduct Enforcement Committee was wrong.

The IEBC Chair said the commission's hands are restricted and asked the DPP to resolve the case quickly.

"The High Court judgement revoked the commission's constitutional and legislative capacity to impose the code."

Only the Director of Public Prosecution has the ability to investigate and punish Election Offenses Act violations, he said.

The polling agency denounced the violence in Jacaranda between Kenya Kwanza Alliance and Azimio la Umoja. Two people were critically hurt.

"The commission condemns the violent culprits who endangered Kenyan lives and property." Chebukati said the commission urges candidates and parties to have peaceful campaigns.

Because of a Kenya Kwanza rally in Jacaranda, UDA asked the electoral commission to call IGP Hillary Mutyambai and MP Babu Owino.

UDA Secretary General Veronica Maina wrote to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) claiming the ODM Party and Azimio Coalition utilised the National Police Service to foment unrest and illegally disrupt a gathering.

Maina said UDA The MP Candidate for Embakasi East, Francis Mureithi, rented the grounds on June 15 and paid Sh30,000 to Nairobi County, but police blocked entrance to the location.

"The flagrant use of Babu Owino's letterhead overemphasises his overreaching and unacceptable usage of the National Police Service in preventing our candidates' peaceful campaign meeting on June 19, 2022." She said Babu Owino's attitude is combative and forceful.

The UDA Secretary General urged the IEBC to exclude Owino from the August 9 elections for campaigning and staging public rallies in violation of the Electoral Code of Conduct.

"The Commission must rein in Babu Owino and consider disqualifying him and any other high-handed candidates who hold their rivals' campaigns captive to their political aspirations," Maina said.

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