- On Thursday, October 15, MPs passed the IEBC (Amendment)(No.3) Bill 2019, giving PSC majority four slots in panel that appoints commissioners.
- DP Ruto is anchoring his 2022 campaigns on ‘Hustler vs Dynasty’ brand of politics.
- DP Ruto: “We have no problem with IEBC, neither are we worried about who is the commissioner or chairperson of IEBC”
Deputy President (DP) William Ruto has launched a scathing attack at ODM leader Raila Odinga on matters IEBC leadership.
Speaking on Sunday, October 18 while addressing a rally in Embu town, DP Ruto said he has no problem with who leads the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
According to DP Ruto, it does not matter who the commissioners or chairperson of the electoral commission are, because elections will be decided by Kenyans and not those individuals.
“They are telling us that they want to select new IEBC commissioners…I want to say that we have no problem with IEBC, neither are we worried about who is the commissioner or chairperson of IEBC,” said DP Ruto amid cheering from the crowd.
DP Ruto added: “Chairman can be anyone, commissioners can be anyone. They can even place Oburu Odinga to be the chairman of IEBC, but they must assure us that they will accept the elections outcome.”
The IEBC debate
The debate surrounding IEBC, its composition and leadership has been the subject of controversy in the country.
On Thursday, October 15, MPs passed the IEBC (Amendment)(No.3) Bill 2019, giving the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) a majority of four slots in the seven-member panel that appoints the commissioners.
In what political pundits have described as “taking control of IEBC”, the passing of the bill means that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his newly-found ally Raila Odinga can now control the whole process of selecting IEBC commissioners.
With Jubilee Party sliced into two rival factions, Kieleweke and Tangatanga, it means that MPs who support the Uhuru-Raila handshake can gang up to decide who is appointed to the commission.
But this latest developments seem not to bother the second in command, who has since resorted to anchoring his 2022 campaign on ‘Hustler vs Dynasty’ brand of politics.